As you may have seen in the media already, Scientist’s are very close to creating a blood test that will detect certain cancers early ensuring a higher survival chance.
The advancement, described in the journal Science, is not a definitive solution to the problem of early diagnosis, but it’s a major step towards eventually creating a reliable and accurate blood test for cancer, that could be available for as low as £360.
The new test aims to detect eight cancers: lung, breast, colon, pancreas, liver, stomach, ovary and oesophagus. Scientists agree that if this test does continue to improve, it could be a huge breakthrough. Detecting cancer before a person even feels sick would save countless lives and improve treatment options for most patients.
“I am incredibly excited by this new paper,” says Joshua Schiffman, an oncologist and cancer researcher at the Huntsman Cancer Centre at the University of Utah who was not involved in the study. “This is the paper that’s going to set the field in motion.”
To read the full paper click here.