A group of men are hoping to lay strong roots for the fight against prostate cancer by pushing wheelbarrows of radishes through their village.
"Believe it or not, most men are unaware they have prostate cancer until it's detected during a regular medical exam", said Dr. Brasfield said.
As well as raising funds for the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, with an initial £1,000 target for fundraising, they hope to raise awareness of the disease, which kills one man every 45 minutes.
"The good news is that prostate cancer is highly treatable when detected early", Dr. Brasfield said. Five to 10 per cent of cases of prostate cancers are hereditary and the increased risk tends to run in families.
He said: "My father died of prostate cancer two years ago".
After lung cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths in American men. The American Cancer Society projects there will be 175,000 prostate cancer diagnoses in the US and about 32,000 deaths from prostate cancer in 2019, which is a 6% to 7% increase from 2018. By combining the new CTC analysis with the current PSA test, we were able to detect prostate cancer with the highest level of accuracy ever seen in any biomarker test, which could spare many patients unnecessary biopsies. Men must meet the American Cancer Society Screening criteria to be eligible for this free program.
Dr Yong-Jie Lu, Professor in Molecular Oncology at Barts Cancer Institute, said that in the study the company has "developed protocols using the Parsortix liquid biopsy system to detect CTCs in early stage prostate cancer and have shown its potential in avoiding unnecessary prostate biopsies, allowing resources to be focused on men with clinically significant prostate cancer", going on to say that it "would improve the diagnostic pathways/procedures for patients as well as reducing healthcare costs". "With the MRI technology, we miss fewer significant cancers and conduct fewer unnecessary biopsies".
Prostate cancer has traditionally been described as a disease of the "aging male". "The more significant the family history, the greater the risk of prostate cancer". "And, as is the case with other types of cancers, treatment works best with early diagnosis".
And remember, prostate cancer often affects otherwise healthy men. "For intermediate and high-grade cancers, we may surgically remove the prostate, treat it with radiation or freeze it". "Just because you don't have any urinary issues or pain and you're a healthy guy, it doesn't mean you can't have a high-grade prostate cancer".