Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Blood Test For Precancerous Conditions?

There have been some astonishing improvements in diagnostics the last few decades: the prostate-specific antigen blood test that usually catches prostate cancer before it has far advanced, and often before it would be detected by the embarrassing finger where the Sun doesn't shine test; the A1C test for measuring average blood glucose levels, instead of the clumsy fasting test.  The July 29, 2014 Daily Mail reports:
A revolutionary blood test that could detect any type of cancer has been developed by British scientists. 
It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms - saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies. 
Early results have shown the simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer with a high degree of accuracy.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2709708/Revolutionary-new-blood-test-detect-ALL-types-cancer.html#ixzz38tUHqGnt
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Any time you can diagnose with any high degree of accuracy cancer or other serious illnesses from blood draws alone, that's a big win.

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