QUICK AND EASY TEST FOR LIVER CAN­CER!

National Enquirer - - HEALTH WATCH -

A NEW blood test that’s sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive may im­prove screen­ing for the most com­mon form of liver can­cer, ac­cord­ing to re­searchers. The test, which re­quires just a small blood sam­ple, checks pa­tients for pre­vi­ous ex­po­sure to cer­tain viruses that may in­ter­act with the im­mune sys­tem and in­crease the risk of hep­a­to­cel­lu­lar car­ci­noma or HCC. The ex­per­i­men­tal test “could play an im­por­tant role in screen­ing peo­ple who are at risk for de­vel­op­ing HCC. It would help doc­tors find and treat HCC early,” said study leader Xin Wei Wang, co-leader of the Na­tional Can­cer Institute Cen­ter for Can­cer Re­search liver can­cer pro­gram.

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