Scientists have developed a blood test that can identify prostate cancer.
Every year, millions of people die from prostate cancer worldwide. Now scientists have developed a blood test that can easily identify prostate cancer. Apart from this, information about the stage of cancer can be obtained with 99 percent accuracy. Researchers and doctors at Nottingham Trent University have developed this test. With the help of this test, the use of biopsy to identify prostate cancer will be reduced.
Changes in white blood cells
Scientists have found that changes in the immune system due to prostate cancer can be identified through blood. Signs of cancer can be found from changes in white blood cells. Blood samples can be analyzed by computer to detect signs of disease and place them in a low, medium or high risk category.
According to scientists, the accuracy of this test is 99 percent. The current blood test looks at the level of prostate specific antigen and those who report positive are sent for biopsy. However, the scope of the mistake is more in this test. "The new test will be able to identify prostate cancer more accurately and will benefit people whose prostate specific antigen levels are slightly increased," said researcher Professor Graham Pokley.
Professor Graham Pokley said, this test will not only identify the disease but will also be able to know about its stage. This will also save many patients from unnecessary painful biopsy procedures. With the help of this test, doctors will be able to decide the strategy of further treatment easily.