A New Prostate Test

While we are on the subject of prostate cancer, WaPo has a story about advancements in detection of protate cancer:
New Prostate Cancer Test May Detect More Tumors

An experimental blood test for prostate cancer may help eliminate tens of thousands of unnecessary biopsies at the same time that it detects many tumors that are now missed by the test commonly used, its developers said yesterday.

PSA, the current test, measures a protein normally produced by the prostate, while the experimental one, called EPCA-2, detects a chemical made principally in cancerous tissue.

A friend of mine undergoes a biopsy of his prostate every six to 12 months because his PSA is high. This test conceivably could do away with this painful procedure.

Prostate EPCA-2
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