DNA Testing for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men and accounts for around a quarter of all newly diagnosed cancers in the UK. As women do not possess a prostate, which is a small gland located in the pelvis (between the penis and bladder), the disease only affects men and is more commonly found in those aged over 65 years. Symptoms of prostate cancer include the difficult or painful passing of urine, passing urine more often than usual or the presence of blood in urine or semen. However, these symptoms are also associated with an enlarged prostate, which is another common occurrence in the male anatomy. The symptoms of any condition affecting the prostate tend to be the same as most involve the abnormal growth of the gland, which applies pressure onto the surrounding organs.
Prostate cancer can take up to 15 years in many cases before it becomes terminal by spreading to other parts of the body – usually the bones – so it is a cancer that offers a reasonable chance of survival. Nevertheless, thousands of men die every year with prostate cancer, so early detection is important. Genetic predisposition DNA testing for prostate cancer has revealed that many sufferers of the disease have inherited certain gene alterations. Unfortunately, a genetic predisposition to prostate cancer is difficult to establish as researchers have discovered numerous gene alterations, which currently include BRCA1, BRCA2, CHEK2, NBS1 and ATM, can affect the development of prostate cancer. DNA testing prostate cancer has also revealed that up to 15% of cases can be attributed to genetic alterations.
For support and more information about prostate cancer, please visit the Prostate Cancer Charity website, a UK charity providing support and information to anyone concerned about prostate cancer. They also fund research into the disease and work to achieve improvements in services and public awareness.
Speak To International Biosciences About DNA Testing Genetic Predisposition for Prostate Cancer
International Biosciences provide Genetic Predisposition testing to determine your genetic predisposition for important health conditions including cancers, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes and obesity. Knowing which genetic disorders and diseases you are at risk from will allow you to plan to reduce it by making lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise. Contact International Biosciences on +44 (0)1273 227544 or click here to email us.