"Profile" for Prostate Cancer
We would like to invite men with a family history of prostate cancer or who are of black African or black Caribbean ancestry to take part in a research study. The study is being carried out at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London and you will need to travel there to take part, travel expenses will be reimbursed.
The aim of the ‘PROFILE’ study is to investigate the role of genetic profiling in the development of screening programmes for prostate cancer detection.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK with nearly 35,000 men diagnosed per year. However, the cause for prostate cancer remains very poorly understood as there are substantial worldwide variations when it comes to incidence rates suggesting that lifestyle risk factors are important. To date, no definite lifestyle risk factors have been identified and aside from demographic factors, the only well-established risk factor for Prostate Cancer is family history. This study aims to look at men with a higher risk of prostate cancer based on their ethnicity or family history to see whether any of these genetic changes are present in their DNA and whether this could help determine the outcome of prostate cancer screening programmes.