As per recent findings, it has been suggested that number of males diagnosed of prostate cancer are increasing each year. Latest figures estimate that approximately more than 40,000 men a year in the UK are diagnosed of the disease. Nevertheless, about 10,000 males lose their battle to the disease each year.
As per reports put forth by a charity Cancer Research UK, figures obtained from year 2009, depicts that 40,800 British men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, in comparison to 14,000 encountered in the year 1989.
However, experts have suggested that a major increase in the figures is administered mainly due to increase in the number of men opting for blood tests for prostate cancer, Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA).
It has been demonstrated that the test is not reliable; hence it is not even used as a national screening programme. It has been notified that in of men, who are diagnosed of high levels of PSA, actually don’t have prostate cancer. Further, diagnosis of the disease is based on biopsy of tissue.
Professor Malcolm Mason, Cancer Research UK's prostate cancer expert asserted that they are in a much need of a better tool than PSA, so that a proper analysis of the disease can be done.