For a long time, scientists have dreamed of developing the ultimate cancer-screening test, one that can detect malignancy early, a phase before tumor cells are able to spread and treatments are more effective. Now, thanks to their hard work, we are a step closer into achieving that dream.
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By using a blood test, the international team was able to diagnose cancer long before symptoms appeared in nearly all the people it tested who went on to develop cancer.
“What we showed is: up to four years before these people walk into the hospital, there are already signatures in their blood that show they have cancer,” says Kun Zhang, a bioengineer at the University of California, San Diego, and a co-author of the study. “That’s never been done before.”
This method is said to be an “essential first step” in creating a cancer-screening product.
Learn more about this over at Scientific American.
There is much hope for the future.
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