Prostate cancer

Newcastle scientists hail prostate cancer blood test

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Scientists in Newcastle have developed a blood test to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Currently doctors can struggle to predict which tumours will become aggressive, making it difficult to decide on treatment for many men.

The new test shows which men are more likely to have a form of the disease that requires treatment.

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Dr Andrew Harbottle from MDNA Life Sciences said the test, which is only available privately, costs more than £400, but hopes it will soon be available on the NHS.

Charity Prostrate Cancer UK said the test was “interesting” but called for more research into its effectiveness.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Knee op prep reveals prostate cancer

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Lesle Burden and Paul Gidley
BBC

A Plymouth man's life was saved by having a pre-operative assessment for a knee replacement, he says.

Nurse Lesle Burden checked on earlier blood tests Paul Gidley had had and picked up the signs of an aggressive prostate cancer after seeing a high PSA [prostate-specific antigen] level.

She told him to go straight back to his GP and to have this followed up, which led to him being treated with radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy.

About 3,000 men a year in the South West are diagnosed with the disease, with one in six men nationwide developing it.

In the meantime, Paul said he hoped to get his new knee soon and he was urging other men to go to their doctor if they had concerns.

Paul Gidley
BBC

If you notice anything different, if anything changes, if you get up to go to the loo a couple of times a night, just go and see your GP. No one wants to go, but, believe you me, if you don't you may well end up paying the ultimate price."

Paul GidleyProstate cancer patient

More than 100 to take part in charity run

More than 100 people have signed up to take part in a charity run in Hereford on Sunday.

The city is hosting its first ever March for Men on Sunday, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

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People of any age or gender can complete up to four laps of the race course with the aim of improving testing and treatments.