Why do men in Ontario have to pay for the PSA test for prostate cancer when the government in 8 of the other 10 provinces pay for this screening tool?

The PSA test can allow for the early detection of prostate cancer. But the Ontario government does not pay for it, leaving men in this province to foot the bill themselves. In eight other provinces, the test is paid for. Why do men in Ontario not have equal access to a cancer test that could save lives? Act now to support fair and equal access to PSA tests for Ontarians.

Use our easy, one-click tool to ask your local election candidates to support PSA tests for Ontarians

The facts about the PSA Test

What is the PSA Test?

The PSA test is a simple blood test, taken from your arm, that measures the amount of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in your blood. While there are controversies with the PSA test, high numbers serve as a powerful red flag for further investigation.

How can PSA help?

Early detection of prostate cancer saves lives. When detected early, the survival rate for prostate cancer can be more than 90%. Without testing for prostate cancer, the excellent survival rate afforded by early detection is lost and men are diagnosed at a much later stage, when death from the disease becomes more likely.

Why cover one and not the other?

OHIP covers screening tests for breast cancer, but doesn't fund screening tests for prostate cancer. With both diseases affecting thousands of Ontarians, why cover screening tests for one and not the other?

Breast cancer...

Prostate cancer...

Affects 1 in 9 Canadian women

Affects 1 in 8 Canadian men

9,300 diagnosed every year in Ontario

9,600 diagnosed every year in Ontario

1,950 annual deaths in Ontario

1,500 annual deaths in Ontario

OHIP covers cost of screening test

OHIP does not cover cost of screening test

Act now to help get fair funding for the PSA test

There is a provincial election coming up in Ontario on June 12th. The candidates are listening, and you have a chance to make a difference.

Take 30 seconds to use our simple one-click advocacy tool to send candidates in your riding an email asking them to support equal access to PSA testing for men in Ontario to allow for early detection, which can lead to survival rates of prostate cancer of more than 90%.

Here are a few ideas of what to say in your email:

  • PSA tests are covered for men in eight out of ten provinces – we are asking for equal and fair access to PSA testing in Ontario.
  • In comparison, OHIP pays for the detection of breast cancer via a mammogram, a more expensive test for a disease with very similar incidence and mortality rates as prostate cancer.
  • The PSA test, a simple blood test, can help with the early detection of prostate cancer, which can save lives.
  • Without testing for prostate cancer, the excellent survival rate afforded by early detection is lost and men are diagnosed at a much later stage, when death from the disease becomes more likely.