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New research into prostate cancer

A prostate cancer cell
More than 10,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year

The University of Essex has joined forces with a local charity for a major research project looking into the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Colchester Catalyst Charity is funding a three-year PhD studentship within the University-based Essex Biomedical Sciences Institute (EBSI).

The aim will be to develop techniques for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer and monitoring its treatment.

Masters student Yukti Gupta has been chosen for the research work.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. More than 10,000 men die from prostate cancer in the UK each year.

However, prostate cancer can be cured when treated in its early stages.

'Wider benefit'

Ms Gupta will work in close collaboration with the urology department at Colchester General Hospital.

The Colchester Catalyst Charity is keen to fund research into prostate cancer as part of its ongoing mission to improve the health care of people living in north-east Essex.

Chris Kirvan, chief executive of the Colchester Catalyst Charity, said: "This is an innovative way for us to achieve our aim of improving healthcare in north-east Essex.

"It is a special bonus that the research will eventually benefit those from an even wider geographical area."

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