Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New urine Test for Cancer

Recent research has discovered a new urine test which can screen men for prostate cancer.

Currently doctors use blood tests as a way to look for elevated levels of a protein called serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA), however this protein can exhibit a high level for other reasons than cancer. As a result there are currently many misdiagnoses and plenty of unnecessary biopsies.

The results of the recent study displayed a very strong correlation with urine tests and the aggressiveness of the cancer. According to chief researcher, Scott Tomlins, the results of the tests are an excellent way to segment men according to their probability of having cancer, which subsequently helps deciding whether it is necessary to have a biopsy or not.

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