'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

Source: By James Gallagher | BBC News website

Published on CancerPort on 1 May 2017 | This extract has been reproduced on CancerPort as published on the BBC News's website and remains the property of the original source.

Doctors have spotted cancer coming back up to a year before normal scans in an "exciting" discovery. The UK team was able to scour the blood for signs of cancer while it was just a tiny cluster of cells invisible to X-ray or CT scans. It should allow doctors to hit the tumour earlier and increase the chances of a cure.

They also have new ideas for drugs after finding how unstable DNA fuels rampant cancer development. The research project was on lung cancer, but the processes studied are so fundamental that they should apply across all cancer types.

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Reference: BBC News (26 April 2017) 'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early (Online) http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39658680 (Accessed 1 May 2017)

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