London: Coming soon: A simple test which could save thousands of prostate cancer patients from surgery, say scientists. A new research has shown that men with certain genes are three times more likely to have the most dangerous form. While these patients need surgery, those without these genes are less likely to see their tumours grow quickly and may beable to avoid surgery altogether. Early results from a trial by a British team suggest that the tests could be available in a few years and transform the outlook for thousands of men with prostate cancer – the most common form of male cancer, the `Daily Express` reported. Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK who funded the new study said: "This could one day help solve one of the biggest problems in prostate cancer treatment. For some men, detecting prostate cancer early could be lifesaving. For others, it could mean unnecessary treatment and serious side effects. "This test isn`t yet available for routine use but we`ll look forward to seeing the results of large clinical trials that will tell us whether it`ll be useful for all menwith prostate cancer." There are two different types of tumour but doctors find it hard to tell which is which. One called aggressive will grow quickly and spread around the body. The tumour needs cutting out immediately.
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