Cancer breakthrough: Scientists develop ‘smoke detector’ test that can spot disease before symptoms are noticeable | The Independent

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The Independent reports that a simple blood test that can detect cancer before any symptoms are noticeable has been developed by researchers in a breakthrough that could save thousands of lives. The scientists, who unveiled the test at the British Science Festival in Swansea, compared the new test to a smoke detector, because it does not actually find cancer but changes to red blood cells that occur when cancer is present.

Source: Cancer breakthrough: Scientists develop ‘smoke detector’ test that can spot disease before symptoms are noticeable | The Independent

Unfortunately, large scale trials are required before this breakthrough becomes available.

Thoughts?

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  1. In Traditional Chinese medicine the energetic changes are notable long prior to tumors. Western screening, not so much. Having blood tests that are able to give a heads up seems much needed. Will it be useful to screen for recurrence as well?

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