Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Simple blood test shows Italian doctors prostate cancer


Rome, November 19 - A Rome-based clinic is using a
new tool to test for prostate cancer and to highlight the
aggressiveness of tumours detected.
A simple blood test is being used to look for certain
cancer markers - prostate-specific antigens (PSA) - which in
high amounts may identify men at risk of prostate cancer.
The test has been commonly used in other countries,
including the United States and Britain, although critics have
argued that the test can also set off over-reactions, leading
patients into overly aggressive treatments.
Still, the PSA blood test is now being used at Rome's
Regional Elena National Institute of Clinical Pathology.
The Regina Elena is the first public health facility in
Rome to apply this blood test, which is less expensive than
Cancer of the prostate is one of the most frequent cancers
found among men and this year, 36,000 new cases are expected in
The incidence of the disease has been steadily rising and
is likely to continue to do so: by 2020, more than 43,000 annual
cases are forecast, growing to more than 50,000 by 2030.

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