Urine test for prostate cancer

A 10-year study could make screening for prostate cancer as simple and inexpensive as taking a home urine test. But how soon will this prostate cancer test be available?

University of California, Irvine chemists have been working for more than 10 years to identify a prostate cancer marker in urine. Success would mean being able to detect prostate cancer sooner, more accurately and at a much lower cost.

Reginald Penner, the study’s corresponding author, explained, “Our goal is a device the size of a home pregnancy test priced around $10. You would buy it at the drugstore or the grocery store and test yourself.”

Currently the most common prostate cancer tests, including the PSA test, do not always catch the disease in its early stages. False positives can also lead to unnecessary, risky treatments. Unfortunately there isn’t a better option on the market. Not yet, at least.

The University of California, Irvine chemists have developed a way to screen for prostate cancer using a simple urine test. Unlike other prostate cancer tests coming to the market, some of which cost up to $4000 each, the materials used in this urine test are inexpensive. The receptors are also incredibly tough – they do not need to be refrigerated, and can withstand nearly boiling temperatures, so these portable tests can be used in many different environmental conditions.

The next step is to conduct clinical trials, which the researchers hope can be conducted quickly as the test is non-invasive. YOURLifeChoices will publish more information as it becomes available.

To read more about how the urine test for prostate cancer works, visit the ScienceDaily website.

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