New test could could detect cancer before symptoms appear

Doctors are optimistic about the new test.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2018 2:55 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A new breakthrough screening could detect cancer before there are symptoms.

Doctors at John Hopkins University developed a blood test called cancer seek.

The DNA and protein combined can detect at least eight types of cancers, including colon, lung and breast cancer. These are cancers that are very common or don’t have screening tests.

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Doctors are optimistic this could be the future of cancer treatment and will help get a head start before the cancer takes hold.

“Right now we usually treat people first when they have symptoms,” said Dr. Nick Papadopoulos. “We try to hopefully as a community – scientific and also the community at large – change the idea and start actually attacking cancer by finding it early first and then treating it.”

Dr. Papadopoulos said in studies, the test gave very few false-positive results and it could detect the specific types of cancer a patient has a higher risk for.

It could take five to ten years before the test is available.

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