Prostate cancer aggression test ‘may avoid needless ops’

According to the BBC Health News today, a prostate cancer test, which predicts how aggressive a tumour is, could spare men unnecessary operations, researchers suggest.

Early data, presented at the National Cancer Research Institute conference, suggests a genetic test can tell apart aggressive and slow-growing tumours.

A big challenge in treating the cancer is knowing whether surgery to remove the gland is needed.

Cancer charities said a successful test would be a “game-changer”.

Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK. There are more than 40,000 new cases diagnosed and 10,000 deaths each year.

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