A recent investigation by Prostate Cancer UK has noted that half of all men in the UK have been denied MRI scans to detect prostate cancer.
MRIs can be used to detect up to 93 per cent of malignant tumours. With this in mind, Prostate Cancer UK described their findings as “appalling”. The investigation from the charity also noted that many hospitals refused MRI scans to men over the age of 75 altogether.
Speaking on the research, Heather Blake, director of support and influence at Prostate Cancer UK, confirmed that: “This ground-breaking diagnostic tool is the biggest leap forward in prostate cancer diagnosis for decades and it is therefore appalling that health officials in some areas are still not seeing this as a priority.
“Widespread variation in the level and quality of access continues to persist, with men in parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and [the northwest U.K.] being let down with no access whatsoever. Every man with suspected prostate cancer deserves the chance of a more accurate diagnosis.”
For the research, Prostate Cancer UK gained responses from 151 (of 161) NHS hospitals and health boards.