Researchers discover ‘pre-cancers’ in blood

Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age

“We are hopeful that someday we would be able to use this as a screening test and identify individuals who are at risk,” said one
study leader, Dr. Benjamin Ebert of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

 

Revolutionary new blood test ‘could detect ALL types of cancer’

A revolutionary blood test that could detect any type of cancer has been developed by British scientists.  It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.  Early results have shown the simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer with a high degree of accuracy.