Men will now be able to detect prostate cancer at home by just collecting their urine samples as researchers have developed a simple testing method.Scientists pioneered the test which diagnoses aggressive prostate cancer and predicts whether patients will require treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods.Their latest study shows how the ‘PUR’ test (Prostate Urine Risk) could be performed on samples collected at home, so men don’t have to come into the clinic to provide a urine sample – or have to undergo an uncomfortable rectal examination.This is an important step forward because the first urination of the day provides biomarker levels from the prostate that are much higher and more consistent. And the research team hopes that the introduction of the ‘At-Home Collection Kit’ could revolutionise the diagnosis of the disease.“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It usually develops slowly and the majority of cancers will not require treatment in a man’s lifetime. However, doctors struggle to predict which tumours will become aggressive, making it hard to decide on treatment for many men,” said Lead researcher Dr Jeremy Clark, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School.“The most commonly used tests for prostate… Read full this story
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