New test could help detect early signs of prostate cancer

CapeTalk's Kieno Kammies speaks to the lead researcher of a new test that will help detect aggressive prostate cancer from a blood sample.

The test has the potential to transform the way the disease is tackled by targeting specific gene mutations.

A highly sensitive technique is used to examine the blood sample which detects tiny amounts of cells that are shed by a tumor as it grows. This will allow doctors to calculate the risk of the disease spreading through the body.

Dr Yong-Jie Lu, Reader in Medical Oncology at Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London explained how this test works saying it will help save thousands of lives.

Listen below to hear more of this interview:

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