Potential 'universal' cancer blood test discovered

29 July 2014

Researchers at the University of Bradford have created a simple blood test that is able to detect cancer in people.

The new test will allow doctors to rule out the disease in patients who have presented certain symptoms, making diagnosis quicker and cheaper as invasive procedures, such as colonoscopies and biopsies, from being conducted. It is hoped that it could also be used to detect cancer that is currently very difficult to diagnose.

Early tests have already shown that it is able to detect cancer and pre-cancerous conditions to a high level of accuracy with patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer.  

The test, which has been reported in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) journal, examines white blood cells and measures the damage caused to their DNA under different intensities of UVA light.

The results of the empirical study indicate that this is a clear distinction of whether a person has cancer, pre-cancerous conditions or is free from the disease.

Posted by Jeanette Royston​


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