Prostate Cancer is the most common form of cancer found in men in Britain, with 50,000 new cases diagnosed every year.
In Britain, prostate cancer claims 10,000 lives each year. The disease is difficult to spot early on, as symptoms tend to develop only when the tumour has grown large enough to put pressure on the urethra – causing pain when urinating and frequent, urgent trips to the lavatory. This is when men may first go to their GP with a problem.
Scientists claim that the simple but highly accurate urine test for prostate cancer could prevent 41 per cent of unnecessary invasive biopsies. Men become eligible for the test if they have been identified as being at risk
Professor Raj Persad, consultant urologist at the North Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol Urology Associates and South West Andology, says:
‘The challenges in prostate-cancer diagnosis include finding a test which is accurate enough so that only patients with potentially significant disease go forward for biopsy.’
‘If a non-invasive liquid biopsy can help minimise biopsies, this will be a great contribution.
‘If this new test is more accurate at picking up clinically significant cancers, it could be offered as a screening test for prostate cancer.’
‘This will need more rigorous clinical testing.
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