Health Report: New Gene Test to Fight Prostate Cancer 5/7/2014

Published 05/07 2014 05:57PM

Updated 05/07 2014 06:04PM

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in US men. While some will require harsh therapies, many men will have cancers that grow slowly and don't need to be treated right away. All until now it's been a waiting game. But now there's a new gene test that's changing the way doctors approach this cancer, it's called genomics.

First, patients have a biopsy. Then, the test measures which genes are in the tumor.

As many as half of all prostate cancers in the US are low-risk. About 100,000 of men in this category undergo treatment, even though there's only a three percent chance their disease will progress or become life threatening.

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