ANCHOR LEAD :A NEW TEST MAY HELP DEFINE MEN AT RISK FOR SEVERE PROSTATE PROBLEMS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Virtually all men who live long enough will develop an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Now Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a new test to determine which men are likely to progress to the more serious, and sometimes life-threatening form of the condition. Rob Getzenberg, the study’s senior author, explains.
GETZENBERG: Currently there’s no test at all available for BPH. The only way it’s classified is by symptoms of how you present. And so what we wanted to do is to say, can we develop a serum marker for BPH, and we’ve been able to do that using this JM27. We show that we can separate men with the severe form of BPH from men with asymptomatic or mild BPH as well as from men with prostate cancer, so we have a test that’s very good at separating these men with BPH despite the fact that pathology cannot do that. :30
Research to expand the test for clinical use is ongoing. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.