New prostate cancer test may be more accurate

February 26, 2009 1:45:47 PM PST
There has been a lot of talk about a more accurate way to screen for prostate cancer. Scientists are now unveiling research behind a urine test that may do just that. It screens for two genes that have fused together, which occurs fairly often in patients.

In a study of more than 500 men the urine test was 85 percent successful in classifying men as cancer free.

The current screening method is the PSA blood test. That is often inaccurate.

Researchers say adding the gene test may not only better predict which men have prostate cancer, but which tumors are more aggressive.

Results of the new study were presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium taking place in Orlando, Florida.