Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research, Prostate Cancer UK, commented:
"We welcome this latest development in prostate cancer research. We are now a step closer to being able to develop a reliable test to predict men's risk of this disease which is rising at an alarming rate. This research substantially adds to our knowledge of the role of testing genes in men's risk of developing prostate cancer, and importantly if the cancer is likely to become aggressive or not.
"The reality is that whilst this is a significant step forward, we are still a long way off finding a more effective routine diagnostic test which could be used for a national screening programme in the UK. We look forward to the seeing the next step towards improving early and accurate diagnosis of prostate cancer."