New genetic tests to be developed for prostate cancer

Genetic test in three years to detect prostate cancer | Science | The Guardian:

“A genetic test that identifies men most at risk of prostate cancer could be available within three years, scientists said yesterday. British doctors will use the test in screening programmes to spot the disease in its earliest stages, before it has become dangerously advanced or has spread throughout the body.”

I had a patient in my office last week who was young, was done having children, and had a strong family history of prostate cancer. He was wondering if it would be reasonable to remove his prostate prophyllactically. I told him that I wasn’t ready to do that today, but in the near future I thought it would be reasonable. Breakthroughs like this will help diagnose prostate cancer earlier and more accurately than with prostate biopsies.