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When used alongside PSA testing, a new procedure that measures certain biomarkers in the urine may help determine whether or not a man has prostate cancer and what the appropriate treatments may be, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
PSA testing is one of the most valuable tools in prostate cancer detection. Rising levels of this hormone may indicate the presence of potentially dangerous growths on the prostate. However, the test is limited by its inability to determine exactly how dangerous a growth is likely to be.
This is where the new urine test comes in. When a man receives an abnormal PSA test result, he can then go for the procedure, which screens the urine for the presence of two genetic anomalies that are present in the majority of cases of prostate cancer.
The test can help doctors determine how severe the growth may be and determine the most appropriate treatment. This can potentially save individuals who have low-grade tumors from invasive procedures that may impact their quality of life.
"We think this is going to be a tool to help men with elevated PSA decide if they need a biopsy," said Scott Tomlins, who conducted the research.
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