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Researchers discover five different types of prostate cancer

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Scientists at Cambridge University’s Cancer Research UK Institute have discovered five genetically different types of prostate cancer.

This ground-breaking research could shape the way prostate cancer is treated in the future.

The research, conducted at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, compared 250 samples of cancerous and healthy tissue.

Prostate Cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK, with over 40,000 cases diagnosed every year.

Study author Dr Alastair Lamb, from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, said: “Our exciting results show that prostate cancer can be classified into five genetically-different types.

“These findings could help doctors decide on the best course of treatment for each individual patient, based on the characteristics of their tumour.

“The next step is to confirm these results in bigger studies and drill down into the molecular ‘nuts and bolts’ of each specific prostate cancer type.

“By carrying out more research into how the different diseases behave we might be able to develop more effective ways to treat prostate cancer patients in the future, saving more lives.”

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