New Prostate Cancer Scan - PROSTAGRAM
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK with more than 49,000 cases a year. It affects one in eight men, most commonly in the older age groups. Current tests are initially through a blood test which checks for Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA). This is a protein produced by cancer cells and elevated levels can be an indication of Prostate cancer. Unfortunately, the test is unreliable and can yield false positive results, while digital rectal examinations (DREs) are invasive, which can put men off being tested, and also have issues with reliability.
If Prostate cancer is suspected, a biopsy is performed. It’s the only way to find out for certain if cancer is in the prostate and it can help find out how aggressive any cancer might be. However, a biopsy can only show whether there was cancer in the samples taken, so it’s possible that cancer might be missed.
The Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust have now developed a prostate cancer scan accurate enough to potentially replace current invasive examination techniques and save thousands of lives each year. It is called Prostagram and I have attached the link below.