Thousands of men at risk of prostate cancer will be spared biopsies and surgery thanks to 'breakthrough' scan

Thousands of men at risk of prostate cancer will be spared biopsies and surgery thanks to 'breakthrough' scan

Updated NHS guidance says suspected sufferers must be offered a special MRI.

Trials show the scans — which combine four images to create a much clearer picture of the prostate — are 12 per cent more effective at finding tumours than standard tests.

Nearly a third of men given the painless check are given the all-clear.

Around 100,000 prostate cancer biopsies — where tissue samples are taken surgically — are done each year in the UK.

But health policy adviser Nice now says the mpMRI should be the first line of investigation — sparing an estimated 30,000 ops.

Paul Chrisp, of Nice, said: “It will hopefully improve survival, reduce unnecessary surgery and benefit patients and the NHS.”

Prostate cancer affects 47,000 Brits — and kills 11,600. Only half are offered MRIs.

Prof Mark Emberton, of UCL, which pioneered the technique said: “This ends the postcode lottery of MRI provision.”

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