UC Irvine chemists have found a way to detect prostate cancer that's as inexpensive and easy as a pregnancy test, the university announced this week.
By identifying markers for the disease in urine, the method can detect prostate cancer's presence much earlier, more accurately and more cheaply than current tests, according to a press release from UCI.
"Our goal is a device the size of a home pregnancy test priced around $10. You would buy it at the drugstore or the grocery store and test yourself," said Reginald Penner, UCI chancellor's professor of chemistry and the study's corresponding author. "We're on the verge of a very important breakthrough in a new era of personal health management."