Banffshire and Buchan coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed a £500k boost for researchers at Dundee University to fund a five year clinical research project into prostate cancer.
The six-figure sum provided by the Scottish Government, Prostate Cancer UK and the Movember Foundation will enable researchers to look at ways to identify how advanced a tumour is, thus reducing the number of unnecessary biopsies and improve diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer.
Mr Stevenson said: “Each year almost as many men are diagnosed with prostate cancer as women are diagnosed with breast cancer. But research into prostate cancer has suffered from a historic legacy of neglect, leaving tests and treatments trailing decades behind other common cancers - men are dying needlessly due to inadequate methods of testing for the disease.
“I am therefore delighted that the Scottish Government and Prostate Cancer UK, through their partnership with The Movember Foundation, have been able to jointly fund the research, with the work being undertaken at one of Scotland’s top universities. We can, and will, beat prostate cancer – and this announcement is another step towards this ultimate destination.”
Work on the research project will be led by Ghulam Nabi, from the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.