Scientists hail breakthrough in blood test for 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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