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e-Petition: All men in Wales should have access through the NHS to the best possible diagnostic tests for prostate cancer

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We, the undersigned call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to act now and make high-quality, multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) before biopsy scans available to all eligible men across Wales who have a suspicion of prostate cancer. 

Why is this petition needed?
Prostate cancer can be difficult to diagnose. For years, men have had biopsies that are invasive and painful. Sometimes they can lead to serious infections – we only want men to have a biopsy if it is needed.
If a biopsy is carried out before an mpMRI this involves using a series of needles that randomly sample tissue from the prostate, to see whether there are any cancerous cells. The problem with these techniques is there are gaps between the needles, so sometimes significant cancers can be missed if that section of tissue isn't sampled. A biopsy can lead to false positives, where clinically insignificant cancer is diagnosed, this can lead to unnecessary overtreatment.

mpMRI scans can be used with other tests to improve the number of aggressive prostate cancers being caught earlier. If the mpMRI is carried out to a sufficient standard it's also been proven to safely reduce the number of men who may have biopsies unnecessarily, by ruling them out of having prostate cancer at an earlier stage.

What is mpMRI?
mpMRI means multi-parametric MRI. This combines up to three different types of scan for a clearer picture of what's going on in the prostate. Also, an injection of a dye means that scan images can be enhanced making it clearer to see if cancer is present or not. This is different to a standard MRI scan which creates an image of an internal organ, these are rarely clear enough to confidently diagnose early prostate cancer.

What is happening in Wales?
There are 7 Health Boards in Wales, mpMRI before biopsy is being provided in 3 Health Boards. Only one board is doing it to a standard high enough to safely rule men out of biopsy. This means men in 4 Health Boards do not have access to mpMRI as a diagnostic test, unless they pay more than £900 to have it done privately.

Find more information about mpMRI and biopsies here: 

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Petition details

Petition Status: Currently being considered by the Committee
Petition Start Date: 18/06/2018
Open until midday on: 30/11/2018


Petition Signatories

Total signatures: 5916

Name Constituency or Area of residence Date
David Morgan Torfaen 29/11/2018
Rachel Mann Torfaen 29/11/2018
Thomas Gareth Williams Wrexham 24/11/2018
Kevin Davies Cardiff West 22/11/2018
Anonymous Blaenau Gwent 22/11/2018
David Puddy Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 21/11/2018
n day Monmouth 21/11/2018
Stephen Robert Edwards Swansea West 20/11/2018
Elizabeth kelly maden Ynys Mon 20/11/2018
tim clark Ynys Mon 19/11/2018
gary fussey Cardiff North 18/11/2018
David Stephens Preseli Pembrokeshire 11/11/2018
Katrina McLaughlin Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 10/11/2018
Michael Armitage Clwyd South 10/11/2018
Jonathan Grant Dwyfor Meirionnydd 06/11/2018
Anonymous Delyn 05/11/2018
Rachel Collett Rhondda 01/11/2018
Anne O Regan Cardiff West 29/10/2018
Anonymous Delyn 29/10/2018
john h lawton; Clwyd West 26/10/2018
William Ross Alyn and Deeside 25/10/2018
Christopher Jones Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 24/10/2018
Leonard Morley Alyn and Deeside 24/10/2018
Howard Lloyd Delyn 24/10/2018
Alan Spain Alyn and Deeside 23/10/2018

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