It is a big notice for all the man of the world. Researchers have announced a landmark discovery that will bring enormous benefits for all the men. A simple urine test for prostate cancer will be used to detect risk of the disease.
Prostate cancer is a terrible threat for the men. Know the risk before the disease to appear, is the best way to combat disease. Statistics show there is up to four in European men with genetic variation that may cause prostate cancer by as much as 50 per cent.
A blood test in laboratory measure levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), actually. It shows if the prostate enlarged. If this is happening, is considered as a sign of prostate cancer.
The new test use patient´s urine. It is twice as accurate as the current method, which relies on blood tests.
The prostate cancer test, invented by scientists from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and the Institute of Cancer Research, is cheaper to conduct – and the kit could be available in GPs’ surgeries for just £5.50 within four years.
Dr Hayley Whitaker from Cancer Research UK’s Cambridge Research Institute, who led the study, published in the journal PLoS One, said:
“The protein is easy to detect because it is found in urine and would potentially be a very simple test to carry out on men to identify those most at risk of developing the disease. Men are just like women – they don’t like needles.”
DR Kate Holmes, research manager at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “Given the known limitations of the PSA blood test, finding a technique for accurately diagnose prostate cancer is the Holy Grail of research into the disease, which is why these results are potentially exciting.
“An accurate, reliable urine test for prostate cancer would be an invaluable tool if it is proven to be successful on a large scale.”