By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Prostate cancer is an increasing form of cancer in men as they get older.

It is important to detect prostate cancer as early as possible and it is also crucial to see if the prostate cancer will be aggressive once detected.

According to a report in the Journal of Pathology, a study from the University of Pittsburgh found that analyzing prostate tissue samples has the potential to tell who is at risk for more severe forms of the condition.

This could be more important as we look at various ways to diagnose the condition earlier and plan treatment.

The researchers are looking at ways to do this accurately and inexpensively.