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New test could benefit prostate cancer healthcare plans

Published on 18/10/2010
A new test for prostate cancer could be used to identify those most likely to need a healthcare plan to treat the disease.

Scientists from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute and The Institute of Cancer Research have identified a protein present in urine that can be used as a powerful indicator of an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.

It follows previous research that found a genetic change in those more at risk of contracting the disease.

The change was present in a section of DNA responsible for producing the chemical MSMB, with those more at risk producing much less of the protein.

Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the new research outlines a way to test for MSMB in protein.

The technique could vastly improve on the accuracy of current methods for testing for prostate cancer and could potentially lead to the implementation of a screening programme.

Professor David Neal, prostate cancer specialist at the Cambridge Research Institute, said: "This is a vital piece of research that could go a long way to find a long-awaited and much-needed reliable and easy test to identify those men most at risk of developing prostate cancer."

Each year around 10,200 men in the UK die from prostate cancer.
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