September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

New international research providing evidence of the effectiveness of MRIs in detecting prostate cancer could change the way the way the disease is screened for and help save the lives of more than 3500 Australians every year.

A new study from University College London researchers, published in BMJ Oncology, found that more than half of participants who had “serious prostate cancer” recorded a “low” PSA reading. The findings also suggest MRI could be more reliable than the PSA test in detecting serious cancers early.

“MRI is a particularly important risk mitigation strategy for men who develop prostate cancer with a low PSA, with evidence to suggest that low PSA prostate cancers can be lethal, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO Anne Savage said.

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