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Scientist on prostate cancer

As part of ITV's Stand By Your Man campaign to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer we have been talking to experts involved in research into the disease.

Among them is Professor Colin Cooper who is based at the University of East Anglia. He told ITV News Anglia about the work he is doing and the different types of prostate cancer there are.

Stand By Your Man campaign: Highlighting the issue of prostate cancer

In the first in our series of reports on ITV's Stand By Your Man Father's Day campaign, which is highlighting the issue of Prostate Cancer, we look at how serious a problem it is here in the East and what's being done to fight it.

Across ITV we are asking people to pledge their voice, to talk to men about how prostate cancer can be identified, treated or monitored, potentially saving thousands of lives every year.


Cancer risk test could boost screening programme

Research by Cambridge scientists could lead to routine tests for patients genetic risk of cancer within five years.

The study compared the DNA of more than 100,000 cancer patients with a similarly sized sample from the general population.

They used microchip technology capable of identifying more than 200,000 genetic variants, some of which were suspected of being linked to cancer.

More than 1,000 scientists from 130 institutions in Europe and the US took part in the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study (Cogs).

We're on the verge of being able to use our knowledge of these genetic variations to develop tests that could complement breast cancer screening and take us a step closer to having an effective prostate cancer screening programme

– Professor Doug Easton - Cancer Research UK

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, which co-funded the research, said:

This groundbreaking international work highlights how complex cancer is.

Hundreds, if not thousands of genes are likely to play a role in how cancers start.

But by understanding why some people seem to be at greater risk of developing cancer we can look towards an era where we can identify them and take steps to reduce their chances of getting cancer or pick up the disease at its earliest stages."

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