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Characteristics of men responding to an invitation to undergo testing for prostate cancer as part of a randomised trial

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Original languageEnglish
Article number497
Number of pages6
Issue number1
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Sep 2016
DatePublished (current) - 13 Oct 2016


Socio-demographic characteristics are associated with participating in cancer screening and trials. We compared the characteristics of those responding with those not responding to a single invitation for PSA testing for prostate cancer as part of the Cluster randomised triAl of PSA testing for Prostate cancer (CAP).

Age, rurality and deprivation among 197,763 men from 271 cluster-randomised primary care centres in the UK were compared between those responding (n=90,300) and not responding (n=100,953) to a prostate cancer testing invitation.

There was little difference in age between responders and non-responders. Responders were slightly more likely to come from urban rather than rural areas and were slightly less deprived than those who did not respond.

These data indicate similarities in age and only minor differences in deprivation and urban location between responders and non-responders. These differences were smaller, but in the same direction as observed in other screening trials.

    Structured keywords

  • BRTC
  • Centre for Surgical Research

    Research areas

  • Prostate cancer, Prostate specific antigen testing, PSA testing, Randomised controlled trial, Screening

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