Misdiagnosed prostate cancer means half of cases may be missed
Each year around 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer
and 10,000 die from the disease. However, a recent study has found that current techniques used by most NHS hospitals could lead to misdiagnosed prostate cancer
, putting thousands at risk.
The study by Professor Mark Emberton, Professor of Interventional Oncology at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), has found that 1 in 20 men undergoing the traditional biopsy were misdiagnosed
and found to have significant disease levels.
But, undergoing an MRI scan first followed by an ultrasound scan provides a far more accurate diagnosis
. Not only would this detect far more cases, but it would lead to less false positives
and a wrong diagnosis.
Whilst this treatment would be far more costly, it would prevent unnecessary invasive procedures
and could immediately and reliably give the all-clear to men without the disease.
Professor Emberton, has said that hospitals need to update their practice
. UCLH have been using MRI, followed by a guided biopsy for several years, but Professor Emberton remarked: "There are only a handful of hospitals in this country which currently do this, and that needs to change."
Dr Kate Holmes, Head of Research at Prostate Cancer UK
, said: "This early data suggests that giving men an MRI scan before a biopsy may put clinicians in a better position to tailor investigations and treatments further down the line.
"However, further research is necessary before we will know the true value of this method."