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Active Surveillance Strategy: Study Reveals Inaccuracies in the Test Results

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A shocking study has blown up the inaccuracies found in the tests conducted to determine prostate cancer in men. According to the researchers who conducted the study, inaccuracies in the tests shows that in most cases prostate cancer is diagnosed in men only after it reaches a dangerous stage.

A man with prostate cancer is wheeled into an operating room for an operation. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A man with prostate cancer is wheeled into an operating room for an operation. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The research showed that, over 50% of men who wear detected to have tumor in the prostate gland and classified as ‘slow-growing’ or ‘confined growth’ was in fact growing faster to give a serious outcome.

Findings of this study were published in the British Journal of Cancer in which it is mentioned that by classifying the growth of tumor as slow-growing, the tests are giving false hope. Further, it is also underestimating the seriousness or the aggressiveness of prostate cancer in them. With over 41,700 diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United Kingdom alone, over 10,800 casualties are seen due to same.

The study has questioned the strategy involved in monitoring the patients who have been detected with tumor in the prostate gland and classified as slow-growing. This ‘active surveillance’ technique is ineffective in more cases as the technique is used to monitor and treat using surgery or radiotherapy. A few tests used in the surveillance, strategy are reported to be ineffective as the test results are inaccurate in determining the dangerousness of cancer growth.

The study was conducted in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute under Urological Surgeon Dr Greg Shaw. In a statement he had mentioned that, for over 50% of the men who are relying on the tests before they go in for surgery, the seriousness is underestimated. He further added that, active surveillance is a safe option but the results show that over one 3rd of the men who are under the surveillance will go for surgery within 5 years.

 

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