Prostate cancer research

Will you help us revolutionise aggressive prostate cancer diagnosis?

Prostate cancer kills 11,000 men in the UK each year and far more around the world. Those who live with prostate cancer face invasive, damaging and life-altering treatments, with side-effects including incontinence and impotence.

However, treatment is often unnecessary as surprisingly, most cases of prostate cancer are harmless.

The problem? There is currently no way for doctors to distinguish between aggressive, life-threatening ‘tiger’ cancers and the harmless ‘pussycat’ cancers.

What is more, current tests to diagnose prostate cancer include blood tests and MRIs which often require uncomfortable biopsies to confirm. But even then, doctors struggle to predict which tumours will become aggressive. The result? Clinicians have to treat everyone, putting 20 men through unnecessary treatment for every one whose life is at risk.

The UEA prostate cancer tests

We are close to launching two revolutionary clinical tests for prostate cancer that will unlock the secrets of this deadly disease to save and improve the lives of millions of men.

The Tiger Test, as we call it, could transform prostate cancer treatment around the world by distinguishing aggressive prostate cancers from harmless ones. That means more men getting the treatment they need. And thousands spared from suffering needless side-effects.

The Prostate Urine Risk (PUR) Test is a simple non-invasive test which lets doctors know if a person is at low, intermediate, or high-risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, which can be safely monitored with no need for immediate action.

It’s all down to more than a decade of ground-breaking research and analysis by Professor Colin Cooper and his team. In a world first, they’ve unravelled the genetic information behind prostate cancer, using artificial intelligence. But they need the help of people like you to complete the research.

Your support can help fund clinical trials and further research to turn the tests into diagnostic tools for use by clinicians – the final step in making the tests available to men around the world. Will you help make our work a reality?

How you can help

Please donate now to help the Tiger Test and PUR Test begin saving lives. With your support, we can fund the clinical trials needed to have the test adopted by the NHS and hospitals around the world.

If you’d like to find out more, or make a larger gift, contact the Development Office at giving@uea.ac.uk.