Prostate Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Paul Bristow Paul Bristow Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the National Screening Committee in its review into the case for prostate cancer screening will make an assessment of the European Association of Urologists' recommendation, published in its 2019 position paper on the wide-scale adoption of population-based prostate cancer screening programmes.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (UK NSC) opened its three-month public consultation on screening for prostate cancer/ prostate-specific antigen testing in men over 50 on 25 June 2020.

As per the UK NSC’s evidence review process when examining the evidence for a condition, only published peer-reviewed evidence is taken into consideration in order to allow for robust population screening recommendations to be made. The evidence review process can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-nsc-evidence-review-process/uk-nsc-evidence-review-process

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