PCRI to host educational event on prostate cancer therapy

July 08, 2017

"Although these are early results, it appears that PSA screening is reasonably accurate at predicting potentially aggressive prostate cancer among men at higher risk of the disease due to a genetic predisposition. This study provides support for continued screening in men with genetic mutations."

Ed Yong, Cancer Research UK's head of health evidence and information, said: "Measuring PSA levels could potentially cut a man's chance of fatal prostate cancer. But we know that for every life saved, a lot of men will go through unnecessary tests and treatments, including invasive surgery with serious side-effects.

"This new study suggests that we could limit the number of men who undergo unnecessary treatment by targeting PSA testing at very specific groups of people, who have particularly high risk of prostate cancer. It's a promising result and we'll need to see if it bears out in future research.

"Cancer Research UK advises men to discuss with their doctor whether or not to have a PSA test. Some cancers are slow-growing and unlikely to cause problems in a man's lifetime, especially as prostate cancer is more common in older men. But in others it will grow aggressively and require treatments such as surgery or radiotherapy.

"It's still not known what the best treatment approach might be, so it's important we find answers to this as soon as possible through research currently funded by Cancer Research UK and others."

The IMPACT study is still going and will ultimately screen 1,700 men for at least five years.

Source: Cancer Research UK