What is prostate cancer?
- Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men.
- 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
- Prostate cancer is a disease where some prostate cells have lost control of normal growth and no longer function as healthy cells.
What is the PSA test?
The PSA test is a simple blood test which measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) protein. It is common for PSA to be found in the blood in very small concentrations. Higher levels of PSA may indicate the presence of cancer, but can also be an indicator of other prostate conditions.
What’s the problem?
Ontario doesn’t fund the PSA test for men with no symptoms. They are only 1 of 2 provinces who don’t fund the test while 8 other provinces do. More than 8,000 men in Ontario will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,600 will die each year. If a man is diagnosed late, there is a 3 in 4 chance of death within 5 years. However, nearly 100% will survive if detected early. Right now men have to pay out of pocket. With all we know, why wouldn’t the government cover the cost of the PSA test for prostate cancer screening when recommended by their physician?