Prostate cancer detection gets easier.

It’s the second most common form of cancer in men, yet diagnosing it still presents a challenge to physicians. Now, new software being used at some hospitals should help detect prostate cancer earlier, eliminate unnecessary testing procedures and help form a treatment plan. VividLook, a new program used with magnetic resonance imaging exams, makes test results much easier to read and enables physicians to pinpoint where a malignancy may be located in the prostate. Screening for prostate cancer begins with a digital rectal exam and a blood test that gauges the level of a protein, prostate specific antigen.

Nearly 218,000 men nationwide are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and more than 32,000 men die from the disease. About one in six men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, and it trails lung cancer as the second leading cause of death in men.But more than 2 million men are alive who were diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives. Read more…


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