A team of scientists in the UK believe DNA testing can tell which men face the highest risk of prostate cancer ; a major breakthrough in the battle against the killer disease. The scientists, who are based at London’s highly respected Institute of Cancer Research claimed that within three years, men may even be offered the opportunity to undergo genetic screening. The method is often used to detect breast cancer in females. Now it has been revealed that DNA testing will provide a major breakthrough for men in the ongoing battle against prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is by some margin the most common form of cancer suffered by men worldwide. However, doctors have said for years that the cancer can be treated if diagnosed early on. The problem is that a lot of men refuse to go to the doctor when they experience problems in that area of the body. It is generally because they are too embarrassed to talk about it or to reveal parts of their body to someone they consider to be a stranger. Nevertheless, not every man afflicted with the cancer has invasive treatment. Consequently, identifying which men will require treatment is not easy. The reason for this is therapy is usually saved for men most likely to develop the most precarious form of the illness.
As part of the research that went into the findings, the scientists in London used blood samples from close to 200 men suffering from prostate cancer. The scientists also tested family members who suffer from it. The results were published in the British Journal of Cancer. The UK has long been a focal point for cancer research. Such is the amount of media coverage dedicated to cancer, it is difficult to get on the subway (underground) or turn on the television and not be faced by a donate to cancer research campaign. As such, lots of the cancer charities in the UK have their voices heard and so lots of funds are raised for cancer on an annual basis.
Furthermore, researchers found that those same men had the aggressive form of aggressive prostate cancer spreading around the body. Even if men are offered the opportunity to undergo genetic screening in three years’ time, the scientists said it was unlikely men would immediately want to have their prostate taken out. A number of women facing risk of breast cancer decide to have their breast tissue removed as a precaution. The good news for men, however, is DNA can tell which face the highest risk of prostate cancer.
However, the DNA testing for men will not come along immediately as the technique is still undergoing a tests. Before they make a definite decision on when they service will be made available, the researchers will undergo an even bigger even bigger trial. The researchers will work with close to 2,000 men and test close to 200 genes. However, if the scientists are content with the findings, in less than three years can be assured DNA can tell which of them face the highest risk of prostate cancer.
By Robert Shepherd