Monday, June 8, 2009
Over-The-Counter Prostate Cancer Test Kits
People rely on over-the-counter kits to check for pregnancy. Will we be checking ourselves for prostate cancer someday? University of Central Florida chemist and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center researchers are working on an inexpensive way to check for prostate cancer. They are using gold nanoparticles and engineering them to stick to cancer-producing proteins. This type of technology could be used to develop over-the-counter kits someday and perhaps that will result in an improvement in prostate cancer detection. My big question is: what's the sensitivity and specificity of such home-based tests?