Developing technology could improve prostate testing

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prostate cancerAccording to the American Cancer Society (ACS), prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men in the U.S., behind skin cancer. And even while it is one of the most deadly cancers, current diagnosis methods, which use antibodies, aren’t 100% reliable. But according to the results of a recent study, a new sensor chip could be the solution to the problem, making prostate cancer diagnosis more efficient and dependable.

Created by a team of chemical engineers and chemists, the new technology is especially notable because it could reduce the number of false-positive readings that can occur with traditional diagnosis methods. Unfortunately, the news of false positives in traditional testing has led some men to forgo prostate cancer screening, which can ultimately endanger their health. The traditional test, diagnosis and subsequent treatment save thousands of lives every year, and you should discuss any concerns with your doctor.

This year in the U.S., it is estimated there will be close to 230,000 new cases of prostate cancer diagnosed. Researchers behind this technology believe that their new sensor chip could improve prostate cancer diagnosis by avoiding the drawback of false-positive results.

Here are the two key benefits to the new sensor chip for prostate cancer screening:

  • For patients: It gives a more accurate reading, reducing the number of false-positive results.
  • For physicians: The technology is simple to produce and store, and can be recycled for multiple uses without losing accuracy.

The research team says they hope that further investment and collaboration could lead to their technology becoming accessible, even adaptable for use in the treatment of other conditions.

It is recommended that men have the traditional screening every year, beginning at age 50. And many good methods are available for treating prostate cancer. At Collin County Urology, our doctors can answer your questions and explain the entire process – from testing to results to treatment — so that you can be comfortable with your decision. Call us today for an appointment: 972-403-5425. As with any cancer, we understand that reliable and quick diagnosis is vital for giving you the best possible outcome.

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