New Blood test to detect early Cancer
Scientists have created a blood test that can detect eight of the most common cancers long before they turn lethal, in a breakthrough that could save millions of people from premature death.
Outlined this morning in the journal Science, CancerSEEK was developed by an international team led by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Three researchers from Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute contributed to the work.
WEHI professor Peter Gibbs, who also works as an oncologist, said the test was “groundbreaking” because it could hunt for multiple cancer types, including many for which no screening was available. “We see a lot of people with advanced cancer,” Professor Gibbs said. “If we could diagnose them early and prevent that happening, it would be wonderful.”