Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting Canadian men. About 1 in 7 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1 in 28 will die from it. The outlook is very good for men who have their prostate cancer detected early. This is why expert recommendations stress the importance of being tested early and at a frequency that is best for the individual patient, in light of all risk factors.
The Canadian recommendations for medical professionals state that men should be encouraged to have a PSA test done when they are in their 40s, and regular testing should commence when they are in their 50s, lasting until at least age 70, after which a decision can be made on when to stop testing.