This health video looks at the new advancements that make it easier to detect Cancer earlier.
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Jennifer Matthews: Sy Saliba has a passion for photography, but his mind has been pre-occupied lately. Sy has prostate cancer. He knew the disease can progress very slowly, but that did little to ease his anxiety. Sy Saliba: A little bit of cancer or a lot of cancer is like a little bit of pregnancy. I mean, who cares? You have cancer. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Gary Onik says a standard biopsy can't tell how aggressive a cancer is. Sometimes, it doesn't even find it. Dr. Gary Onik: 85 percent of patients by that biopsy method may be missing their cancer. Jennifer Matthews: The standard method grabs less than 12 samples. This new 3D mapping technique can take many more. Dr. Gary Onik: It's like playing battleship with the prostate. Jennifer Matthews: With this grid, a needle can pluck dozens of samples through the skin and tell doctors exactly where the cancer is. It can pick up cancers the standard biopsy missed. Dr. Gary Onik: We find that a lot of them have very significant cancer that needs to be treated but wouldn't have been treated unless we had done this biopsy. Jennifer Matthews: The new method can also detect how aggressive or not a cancer is possibly changing a patient's course of treatment. The 3D mapping technique took more than 100 samples from Sy's prostate and showed he had a small, early-stage cancer. Sy Saliba: Which was reassuring because what it said to me, I had, I had a better idea what I had to deal with. Jennifer Matthews: He chose hormone therapy, which has reduced his cancer, and says he's glad he was able to avoid surgery. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.