Home urine test could revolutionise prostate cancer diagnosis

Dr Jeremy Clark, from University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School, has said the move could "revolutionise diagnosis".

Scientists have developed a new prostate cancer test which could involve collecting a urine sample at home.

Experts hope to revolutionise diagnosis of the potentially fatal disease by creating an at-home collection kit.

Those who use the kit would then post the sample off for analysis.

The Prostate Urine Risk (PUR) test is for men suspected of having prostate cancer, and is much more sensitive than current methods.

It picks up how aggressive the disease is, at what point men will need treatment, and rules out those who do not have prostate cancer.

The test cuts down the need for other procedures, including biopsies, blood tests, a physical examination known as a digital rectal examination, or an MRI scan.

It is also suitable for men already diagnosed with low-risk disease who are on a "watch and wait" approach known as active surveillance.

Friday 29 November 2019


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