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Scientists hail breakthrough in blood test for cancer

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Peter Bale

Peter Bale

"Thanks. I hope this is clearer now th..."
Peter Bale

Peter Bale

"Amy, it is certainly curated from the..."
Amy Gleixner

Amy Gleixner

"I think this article is currently jus..."
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Nicola Whitaker

"This is not a “universal “ cancer..."

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Science is one step closer to the advance of a universal blood test for cancer. A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have successfully tested a method that could reduce deaths through early detection of the eight most common forms of the disease.

The test, called CancerSEEK, was trialed on 1,005 patients with ovarian, liver, pancreatic, esophageal, colon, lung, and breast cancers that had not yet spread to other tissues. It was able to detect cancer in 70 percent of the cases. (The Guardian). 

The goal is to design an annual test that will help diagnose the diseases earlier and save lives – the earlier the cancer is detected, the lower the risk. Dr Gert Attard of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research, London told the BBC he is “enormously excited” about the development.

If the test is made available to the public, it is expected to cost about $500 per patient (The Telegraph).

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31 January 2018

15:48:14, 31 Jan 2018 . .‎ Amy Gleixner (Updated → title was a bit opinionated. I wouldn't say it's a huge breakthrough...)
15:42:29, 31 Jan 2018 . .‎ Amy Gleixner (Updated → ...reworded to be less opinionated, removed redundant links, corrected facts)

19 January 2018

16:48:00, 19 Jan 2018 . .‎ Ed Upright (Updated → italics)
16:47:13, 19 Jan 2018 . .‎ Ed Upright (Updated → editing)
14:04:49, 19 Jan 2018 . .‎ Ella Navarro (Updated → ready to edit)
14:03:03, 19 Jan 2018 . .‎ Ella Navarro (Updated → Ready to edit)
11:58:44, 19 Jan 2018 . .‎ Ella Navarro (Updated → working on it)

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  1. Rewrite

    I think this article is currently just a re-worded version of the cited new articles. I changed it a bit to be more accurate. The quote from the Dr who talked to the bbc was cited incorrectly, it implies to me this was not written with care, but instead copy-pasted from separate sources and cobbled together.

    I replaced links in locations I thought more logical, reworded the article to be more scientifically accurate, given the paper itself.

    No time currently to expand, but I think this needs more research.

    1. Rewrite

      Amy, it is certainly curated from the published news and hopefully the authoritative sources. I have just published your changes for which many thanks. It is exactly what we need on this sort of story — the intelligence of the audience to expand the coverage and enhance the accuracy. Thank you.

  2. Rewrite

    This is not a “universal “ cancer test, it’s a combination of about 8 existing separate tests. As they form a “ screening test” rather than a diagnostic test, there will be false positives and false negatives. Those who test positive will need further work up. Earlier diagnosis brings the promise of better outcomes but this does not always happen. Looking further out to outcomes does not appear to have been studied yet.

    1. Rewrite

      Thanks. I hope this is clearer now thanks to the edits from Amy above.

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