What tests might the GP do?
Your GP can test for prostate cancer with a rectal examination or a blood test called a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test. However, it can only be confirmed by examining prostate tissue (a biopsy) under a microscope, though often CT and MRI scans will be used to give further details, sometimes prior to and sometimes after the biopsy. These help to tell the difference between early and late prostate cancer. Advanced prostate cancer can sometimes be diagnosed when men visit the doctor feeling unwell, with tiredness, loss of appetite and perhaps bone pain. A bone scan can sometimes be used to see if the prostate cancer has spread into the bones.