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Blood Test Predicts Breast Cancer

By    |   Wednesday, 15 April 2015 05:04 PM

Danish researchers have devised a new blood test that can predict if a woman will get breast cancer in the next two to five years.

The test is in early stages, but could be a promising step forward in cancer diagnosis.

"The method is better than mammography, which can only be used when the disease has already occurred," said Rasmus Bro, a professor of in the Department of Food Science at University of Copenhagen. “It is not perfect, but it is truly amazing that we can predict breast cancer years into the future.”

Bro stressed the method has been tested in only a small group of women and needs to be validated more widely before it can be used practically. But it could revolutionize the standard cancer diagnosis and treatment methods used today.

He said it might also be modified to diagnose other forms of cancer.

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women.

"The potential is that we can detect a disease like breast cancer much earlier than today. This is important as it is easier to treat if you discover it early. In the long term, it will probably also be possible to use similar models to predict other diseases," said Lars Ove Dragsted, a professor of biomedicine in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports.

To come up with the test, reported in the journal Metabolomics, researchers identified cancer-related compounds in blood samples taken from about 400 breast cancer patients who were tracked by the Danish Cancer Society over 20 years.

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