NMP22 Test More Accurately Diagnoses Bladder Cancer

Every year, more than 61,000 people in the United States will be told they have bladder cancer.

The cancer will return in as many as 90 percent of people who are treated.

Paul Smith loves retired life, but was diagnosed with bladder cancer five years ago. Since then his cancer has come back five times.

The test to determine when the cancer returns uses a thin device inserted right into the urinary tract.

Soon, that may change. A new, urine test, called NMP 22 catches bladder cancer with four drops of urine.

It detected 99 percent of cancers, while the invasive test found 91 percent.

“The NMP22 test may pick up a tumor we missed and then we go back in and look to be sure it was there and we didn't see it the first time,” Dr. Edward Messing, University of Rochester Medical Center explained.

Dr. Messing believes the urine test may one day replace the Cystoscopy.

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