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August 4, 2006

Blood Test Offers Hope In Detection Of Breast Cancer

Topics: Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Cell.jpg Approximately 500,000 people around the world currently die each year from breast, and that reflects decreased death rates in recent years because of earlier detection and more effective therapy.cancer each year. We know that detecting cancer early is crucial to having successful outcomes in cancer treatment, and in this new study among 345 women, the blood test picked up 95% of cancers, making it much more sensitive than existing tests.

The blood test they have developed detects very small changes in concentrations of proteins in the blood.

Some of the proteins are specific for breast tissue, while others fluctuate with many types of cancers and are markers of inflammation and new blood vessel growth in response to the tumour.

This may allow new, less intrusive, safer and much less expensive approaches for the early diagnosis of cancer.

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Posted by Richard at August 4, 2006 11:37 AM


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