MRI Scan, Detection of Prostate Cancer and “Stronger Knowing More” Campaign


New research which could be influential in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer has been conducted. Academics at the University College London has stressed the significance of MRI scanning equipment in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Research published in the Lancet has indicated that MRI scanning picks up 93% of aggressive cancer compared with 43% for a biopsy. The study shows that MRI scans were better at ruining out identifying tumours, as well as ruling them out as cancerous.

Recent NHS figures show that people of African descent are less likely to seek treatment for mental health issues. The AHPN believes that the barriers to mental health care that exist for Africans and people of African descent living in the UK indicates that there is much that needs to be done to address the problem.  

Prostate Cancer UK have stated that this is “the biggest leap forward in prostate cancer diagnosis in decades, with the potential to save many lives”. The charity highlights the importance for early screening, especially for at-risk groups. Prostate Cancer UK state that 1 in 8 men in the UK will get prostate cancer (1 in 4 black men will contract prostate cancer in their lives).Older men, men with a family history of cancer, and black men are more at-risk and should consult their GP if they are worried. Symptoms include difficulty urinating, weak flow of urine, and increased frequency of urination. Other symptoms include blood in semen, pain when urinating, and pain when ejaculating.

The majority of black men are not aware that they are have an increased risk of prostate cancer. Prostate Cancer UK have launched the “Stronger Knowing More” campaign to in order to raise awareness and promote early screening. The more black men that know they have an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, the stronger they will be to face it.

The AHPN welcomes this new development in prostate cancer diagnosis and stresses the importance of early screening for black men and other at-risk groups.