Breakthrough on cancer test a very big deal
Researchers showing promise on non-invasive cancer screening
Scientists in Australia have made a breakthrough in cancer diagnosing that can only be described as game-changing.
According to a report on CNN, the researchers developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells anywhere in the human body. “The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water,” CNN reports.
That unique structure essentially is a marker identifying cancerous cells from normal, healthy cells, and will allow doctors to “detect cancer noninvasively in any tissue type including blood,” CNN reports.
This 10-minute test breakthrough is still in preliminary stages, but imagine the possibilities.
Cancer is a brutal disease, and oftentimes, the process to its diagnosis is invasive, involving surgical biopsies, blood tests, imaging tests such as x-rays or ultrasound, bone scans or endoscopies. These tests can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful.
And once the test is done, there is still a dreadful waiting period that can take days before the test’s results are in.
This new breakthrough takes all of those notions and throws them out the window.
Instead, the test could potentially detect cancer in any tissue type in a non-invasive manner, and give results back in 10 minutes.
It’s an astounding development. Imagine walking into the test, and having an answer in minutes. It’s simply game-changing.
What it doesn’t change is the invasiveness of the treatments required to fight the cancer. And yet, in some ways, this test has the potential to improve that process as well. This test could lead to people being diagnosed earlier. And that has its own set of benefits, including a higher success rate of treatment.
CNN notes that the 10-minute test is still in the early stages of development, and clinical trials are needed. But so far, all indications are positive on this.
If one could have a Christmas wish, a successful testing of a system such as this would be high on the list!
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