Irish men hit by recall of faulty cancer test kit
A NUMBER of Irish men have reportedly been affected by the recall of a prostate cancer test kit that was found to be faulty.
The test is used to measure levels of the protein PSA, which is secreted by the prostate gland. Raised PSA levels can indicate that cancer.
Earlier this summer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics issued a "global" test recall after it was found that some of the tests indicated a higher level of the protein than were present.
Significant increases in the protein level often lead doctors to do prostate biopsies – but some procedures may have been carried out unnecessarily.
The tests were being used Connolly Hospital in Dublin but it stopped using them after being notified about the problem. It is not known how many tests were used here or how many indicated high PSA levels.