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Prostate Cancer

Health written question – answered on 14th October 2004.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department is funding to develop a more reliable diagnostic test for prostate cancer.

Photo of Miss Melanie Johnson Miss Melanie Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health

The Department and other National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) funding partners have jointly established two centres of research excellence, known as the NCRI prostate cancer collaboratives. The Department is meeting half the total cost of £7.4 million over five years.

The NCRI prostate cancer collaboratives are undertaking several studies relevant to the diagnosis of prostate cancer. An important outcome from the collaborative based at the Institute of Cancer Research is the recent discovery of the overactive E2F3 gene in prostate cancer tumours, which provides the potential for a test to distinguish between aggressive and non-aggressive prostate cancer cells.

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