New prostate cancer test can be done at home

The urine test may one day replace rectal examinations for diagnosis

The urine test may one day replace rectal examinations for diagnosis

Experts behind the Prostate Urine Risk test, from the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, say they have now developed the test further so urine samples can be collected at home.

A prostate cancer diagnosis has now become easy with a simple "Home Urine Test": Gone are the days where men have to go for an aggressive and uncomfortable rectal examination and go physically to provide a urine sample for the diagnosis of Prostate cancer.

The PUR test at home provides accurate results and predicts whether patients would require clinically standard treatments or less than five years of treatment.

The test cuts down the need for a barrage of other procedures, including biopsies, blood tests, an examination known as a digital rectal examination or an MRI scan. And the research team hope that the introduction of the "At-Home Collection Kit" could revolutionize diagnosis of the disease. Improving rates of diagnosis and treatments also mean more people are living for longer with the disease.

"Being ready to easily provide a urine pattern at home and put up a pattern off for prognosis would possibly presumably well per chance basically revolutionise prognosis". They then compared the results of their home urine samples, taken first thing in the morning, with samples collected after a digital rectal examination. It was surprising to see that the "at-home collection" sample provides the biomarkers of prostate cancer clearly than the rectal examination. Lead researcher from Jeremy Clark stated, "Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and usually develops slowly where the majority of cancers will not require treatment in a man's lifetime". And feedback from the participants showed that the at-home test was preferable.

"This is a very exciting development as this test gives us the possibility of differentiating those who do from those who do not have prostate cancer so avoiding putting a lot of men through unnecessary investigations", added the second author of the study, Robert Mills, a consultant surgeon in urology at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. "This urine test has the potential to tell us whether we needed to intervene with these patients".