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Prostate Cancer Gene Found

Published onsdag 12 december 2007 kl 13.45

A gene responsible for aggressive prostate cancer has been found and according to Henrik Grönberg of the Karolinska Institute, many men today are treated unnecessarily for their prostate cancer.

However, thanks to new research they will be able to determine who will develop the aggressive form of the disease and who will not. The gene which scientists have now pointed out is likely to be only one of many that are used in future diagnosis.

When the research is completed it will be used to form a test method in which a simple blood test can be taken to decide whether a mans prostate cancer should be treated or not. Grönberg thinks that this test should be available within the next four years.

Every year approximately 2,500 men die in Sweden from the disease, which is the most common form of cancer.

In other health news a new report from the National Board of Health and Welfare has released statistics showing that more women in Sweden are dying of lung cancer than they are of breast cancer. The death rate amongst women from lung cancer has risen by 75% in the last 20 years.

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