Prostate cancer patients could be spared needless surgery thanks to NHS risk calculator

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Prostate cancer patients could be spared needless surgery thanks to NHS risk calculator



THOUSANDS of men diagnosed with prostate cancer could be spared needless surgery thanks to a new NHS risk calculator.
The free online tool predicts whether tumours will become deadly over the course of 15 years with 84 per cent accuracy.
Getty – Contributor A free online NHS risk calculator could save men from invasive prostate cancer treatment
Current NHS tests are correct around 69 per cent of the time.
The one-minute check uses routinely available patient data such as age, cancer grade and levels of PSA protein.
Half of the 47,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer annually are better left untreated. But many risk side effects including impotence and incontinence by choosing invasive procedures as a precautionary measure.
The online test can also measure the risk of such side effects, journal PLOS Medicine revealed.
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Cambridge University said: “This is the first personalised tool to give an overall survival estimate for men following diagnosis.
“It is designed for men considering whether to monitor or to opt for treatment.”
The tool, developed in collaboration with the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication, can be found at prostate.predict.nhs.uk.
Getty – Contributor Half of the 47,000 men diagnosed with prostate cancer are better off not getting treatment
Paddy Doherty, 60, is battling prostate cancer and considered suicide twice as pain was so bad

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