MEDICS have developed a revolutionary home pee test for prostate cancer.
The check tells if a patient has an aggressive or slow-growing tumour five years earlier than other methods.
It means those who need surgery can get treatment quicker.
Those with a non-life-threatening form can be spared the op, which risks leaving men impotent and incontinent.
The University of East Anglia team said its “prostate urine risk” test reduces the need for biopsies, blood tests, MRI scans and intimate examinations.
Dr Jeremy Clark, of UEA, said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in UK men. It usually develops slowly but doctors struggle to say which tumours will become aggressive — making it hard to decide on treatment.
“Providing a urine sample at home and posting it for analysis could revolutionise diagnosis. A negative test could enable men to only be retested every two to three years, relieving stress to the patient and reducing hospital workload.”
The test has been carried out on 14 men and will be developed with funding from Prostate Cancer UK.
In most cases, prostate cancer doesn’t have any symptoms until the growth is big enough to put pressure on the urethra – that tube you pee through.
- Needing to urinate more often, especially at night
- Needing to rush to the toilet
- Difficulty in starting to pee
- Weak flow
- Straining and taking a long time while peeing
- Feeling that your bladder hasn’t emptied fully
- ABOUT 1.27million Brit men and 1.62million women are expected to be living with cancer in 2020 — up by a fifth on 2015, says Macmillan.