Medical detection dogs could be a better bet for picking up cancer than a 13-needle biopsy

Daisy, a detection labrador, with a sample carousel Credit: john watts robertson

At the reception following our friend’s funeral last week, I placed a box of Men United versus Prostate Cancer lapel pins on the central table.  We raised £150 just from that one afternoon. Awareness is definitely growing and men – or possibly women on behalf of a man in their lives – are focusing on this cancer, just as they focused on breast cancer and highlighted the disease.  However, as yet, there is no reliable test for early detection of prostate cancer.

Our friend’s diagnosis came in 2008 and he lived uncomplainingly with prostate cancer until the disease overwhelmed him three weeks ago.  Chris was one of the 42,000 men diagnosed every year – that is more than 110 men a day – and one of the 10,500 for whom the cancer turns out to be a ‘tiger’ not a pussycat’.

There is an urgent need to discover an early, accurate and non-invasive test to replace the PSA, which is the exact opposite...


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