London, Apr 27 (UNI) A blood test for an early detection of breast cancer wiuld be available within months, researchers say.
With this revolutionary blood test, doctors could pick up signs of breast cancer up to four years before it could be detected on a standard mammogram scan.
Researchers said survival rates would increase as very early-stage breast cancer was considered curable, saving the lives of thousands of women and allowing others to avoid the gruelling cancer therapies, Daily Mail reported.
The test, developed by Oncimmune, the University of Nottingham's commercial technology company, works by picking up subtle chemical changes in the bloodstream produced by the body as it reacts to the presence of cancer cells - well before a lump can be detected.
''We are getting close to having a blood test that will provide a better chance of identifying more people who have an early-stage breast cancer at a point when it can be cured,'' said Professor John Robertson, from the University of Nottingham.
The disease - the most common female cancer - kills 500,000 women worldwide each year.
''We are cautious but if it works - which will be know later this year - then it's potentially exciting. The test could then be adapted for other cancers,'' he concluded.
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