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Bid to improve prostate cancer test

A new test may soon be able to tell if a person has prostate cancer just by examining their urine.

If successful, the procedure could eventually lead to a universal prostate cancer screening test that could boost the early detection rate of the disease.

Around 32,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and more than 10,000 die from it.

Specialists from the University of the West of England (UWE), University of Bristol, the Bristol Urology Institute and the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust are working to develop a simple screening test for the cancer.

It works by analysing urine samples and highlighting specific compounds which can indicate the presence of the disease.

Myra Conway, from the UWE who is coordinating the study, said: "The results of a collaborative research programme has recently shown that there are differences in the volatile compounds from urine of males with prostate cancer and those without cancer.

"The beauty of this test is that it is noninvasive. It helps with early detection - the earlier you detect a cancer the better as it provides a chance of stopping it from spreading.

"The incidence of prostate cancer is the third biggest in the UK, everyone knows someone who has had it."

University of the West of England

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"Yes I would. Who in their right mind wouldn't? This is something that all men are going to be faced with at some point and time in their lives. A urine test would definitely be welcome to all mankind" - Name and address supplied