New Blood Test Accurately Detects Prostate Cancer

Henrietta Strickland
September 12, 2019

"We're seeing a lot of patients with prostate cancer who had a family history of the disease", Pendleton said. This designation would be correct since the peak age range of diagnosis in Jamaica is 75-80 years. "This could lead to a paradigm shift in the way we diagnose prostate cancer".

"One test earlier this year came back very high and I was referred to West Suffolk Hospital where a biopsy of my prostate was taken". "Early-onset prostate cancer" is defined as prostate cancer that occurs before 55 years. In young men, the size of the prostate is typically that of a walnut. That's why studies show prostate cancer is most common in, but not exclusive to, men older than 65. Certain men are at higher risk, including: men with a family history of prostate cancer, men of African-American descent, and men with bothersome urinary symptoms. This may be because screening for prostate cancer is becoming more widespread in many countries.

There is a term called "hereditary prostate cancer".

"As we age, the risk of prostate cancer increases", Pendleton said. Men must meet the American Cancer Society Screening criteria to be eligible for this free program. The risk increases with increasing number of affected relatives, such that men with two or three first-degree relatives affected have a five-fold and 11-fold increased risk of prostate cancer, respectively.

Members of the Men's Breakfast Club of Feltwell are planning to wheel 47,000 of the vegetables almost five miles during the unusual charity challenge later this month. The BRCA2 gene may sound familiar because it also increases a woman's risk for breast cancer.

As well as raising funds for the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, with an initial £1,000 target for fundraising, they hope to raise awareness of the disease, which kills one man every 45 minutes.

And remember, prostate cancer often affects otherwise healthy men. The results are conflicting. "For intermediate and high-grade cancers, we may surgically remove the prostate, treat it with radiation or freeze it".

Angle's Parsortix has demonstrated the potential to out-perform current standard of care in the detection and assessment of prostate cancer, in a new study undertaken in the early stage of the disease. In addition, younger men may be more likely offered aggressive treatment and have less comorbidities that would complicate treatment.

How is Prostate Cancer Diagnosed and Treated?

Below, Pendleton outlines what to know about prostate cancer and screenings.

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