Test could help spot cancer

A simple genetic test could improve diagnosis of the most 
common cancer to affect men
in the UK, according to researchers.

Scientists believe the test, which spots problem cells that can appear healthy under a microscope, will help identify prostate cancers that have been missed in routine check-ups.

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The new procedure tests DNA from a biopsy and looks for a “halo” of cells which forms around a prostate tumour. The cells contain silenced genes that turn off the cell’s natural protection against tumour growth.