7
Sep

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

‘This could have huge potential, as early diagnosis is a key factor in survival rates’

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.

Discovering cancer early is a key factor in successful treatment.

If a tumour is caught in a single part of the body, there is a much better chance that it can be removed surgically.

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