Imagine going for a doctor visit and getting a blood test that was able to detect and in target cancer in your body before any symptoms were present. Well according to a new report, scientists have now created this very thing. Sources indicate that this new scientific breakthrough could allow doctors to diagnose specific cancers much earlier, even before signs such as a lump, begin to show. This new procedure can be included in routine annual health checkups alongside other tests such as for high blood pressure or cholesterol.
Excerpt From The telegraph::
The test, called CancerLocator, has been developed by the University of California, and works by hunting for the DNA from tumours which circulates in the blood of cancer patients. The team discovered that tumours which arise in different parts of the body hold a distinctive ‘footprint’ which a computer can spot. “Non-invasive diagnosis of cancer is important, as it allows the early diagnosis of cancer, and the earlier the cancer is caught, the higher chance a patient has of beating the disease,” said Professor Jasmine Zhou, co-lead author from the University of California at Los Angeles.