New advances in prostate cancer prevention -

New test for prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, and it's fatal in one out of every six cases. There have been some new advances in prostate cancer research that may help save more lives.

In the past seven years, there have been bigger advancements than in the previous 70 years, with Ventana Medical Systems on the front lines.

Before, the technology was very simple. And so was the doctor's understanding of the disease. But now we are learning that there are different forms of cancer.  Some are more aggressive and require more treatment. 

Doctors would take a biopsy and guess which was which, but Ventana's groundbreaking work is making it easier for doctors and patients to know what they are dealing with.

"You can get down to the genetic information and see what's really different about two people's different cancers even though they look very similar," said Dr. Patrick Brunhoeber, MD, a pathologist with Ventana Medical Systems.

A new test could be released in the next year or so. It would show the specific type of cancer, how aggressive it is, and which treatment would be best.

One more note about prostate cancer: As men increase in age, their risk of developing prostate cancer increases exponentially. More than 65 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed in men over the age of 65.

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