Blood test for early detection of breast cancer

The Appeal is co-funding ground-breaking research, at the University of Nottingham, into the development of a blood test to detect breast cancer at an earlier stage.

Scientists at the University of Nottingham are aiming to develop a blood test that could detect cancer YEARS earlier than present - in some cases even before the cancer has developed - helping save the lives of women around the world.

If successful, the blood test - similar technology is currently at the clinical trial stage in Scotland for lung cancer - it could replace mamograms in the diagnosis of cancer. 

Detecting the cancer at such an early stage could allow some patients to be given inhibitor drugs, which could mean the cancer may never even develop. 

Professor John Robertson, who is leading the research, said: "It will allow people to have the risk identified and managed more appropriately.

 

 

 

 

 

"So we would see better outcomes, less aggressive treatments and increased survival rates. It would be more cost-effective and we wouldn't need as many drugs for as many patients."

The same science could also go on to help people with other forms of cancer, such as diseases of the colon, liver and pancreas. 

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To read more about the research click  here

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