This document explains the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP), PSA testing and evidence against a national screening programme.
The NHS Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme (PCRMP) provides GPs and primary care professionals with information to counsel any man who asks about:
- prostate cancer
- PSA testing
Men over 50 who decide to have a PSA test based on this balanced information can do so for free on the NHS.
The PCRMP is an English initiative, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have adopted the same approach and use the same materials.
NHS choices has further information that men may find helpful
Guidelines and recommendations
There is no organised screening programme for prostate cancer. Evidence compiled by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) supports this decision.
The NHS will not be implementing a national screening programme until there is clear evidence showing that it will offer more benefit than harm to the general populaton.
The main aim of PCRMP is to ensure that men concerned about prostate cancer receive clear and balanced information about the PSA test including:
- associated risks
The PCRMP has produced information leaflets that healthcare professionals can use when discussing the test with eligible men.
The biggest risk factor for prostate cancer is age but other factors may also play a part. Risk is greater in:
- those with a family history of prostate cancer
- black Caribbean men
- black African men
It is important to provide men with the best available information and support to help them make an informed decision.
The programme recommends that healthcare professionals use the guidance on age related cut off values for the PSA test.
NHS cancer screening programmes
Old Fulwood Road
Telephone 0114 201 3040.