Prostate cancer rates set to treble

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PROSTATE cancer rates are set to treble as more men are tested for the disease and live to an older age.

Boys born in 2015 will be almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with the cancer than those born in 1990, according to a new report. Cancer Research UK’s figures show a predicted increase in the lifetime risk of prostate cancer from 5 per cent in 1990 to just over 14 per cent in 2015.

The change is largely due to more men undergoing tests for Prostate Specific Antigen, the blood marker for the disease. Around 41,000 men in the UK are diagnosed each year today.