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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New scan helps men avoid risky and painful prostate biopsy

Men with suspected prostate cancer could be spared painful and risky needle biopsy tests thanks to a new scanning technique that can detect tumours just as accurately, a new study has found.

Currently, if doctors believe a man is suffering symptoms that indicate the disease, he will first be offered a blood test that looks for raised levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland.

Although a higher-than-normal PSA level may be caused by cancer, it can also be the result of other benign conditions.



Anonymous said...

Now you tell me

Anonymous said...

Yes, that peeing blood for five days wasn't fun.