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ProstateHealthIndex.org Website Offers Latest on Assessing Prostate Cancer Risk
Date:9/14/2010

eated by the scientific team behind the world's largest independent medical diagnostics company - Beckman Coulter, Inc. (European headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland) - ProstateHealthIndex.org provides educational information for patients, physicians and clinical laboratory staff.

The newly launched site describes the medical research behind a new blood test (p2PSA), and the Prostate Health Index (phi), that scientists have created to significantly improve a patient's risk assessment for prostate cancer.

"The dilemma faced by men with an elevated prostate-specific antigen, or PSA test, is how to find out if they actually have prostate cancer," explained Peter Heseltine, M.D, medical director for Beckman Coulter. "That usually meant undergoing an invasive prostate biopsy. The search has been underway for several years to find a non-invasive way of assessing cancer risk."

And Dr. Heseltine added: "The Prostate Health Index (phi) provides clinicians with a way of combining and interpreting three blood tests that measure different forms of the PSA protein. The index is a risk assessment tool for prostate cancer. A low phi result indicates a lower risk of prostate cancer, while an elevated phi suggests that it may be appropriate to have a prostate biopsy."

The new website encourages dialogue between patients, physicians and laboratory professionals, and provides guidance and education, fostering more informed prostate biopsy decision-making. Included are links to medical resources and the latest scientific studies.

As one example, recent findings from the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) showed a 30 percent mortality reduction from prostate cancer deaths if PSA levels were monitored over approximately seven years. So, while the current PSA test informs doctors there may be a problem with the prostate, it does not indicate what the specific problem is - cancer or no cancer.

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