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Blood Test Could Make Early Detection of Cancer Possible

An experimental blood test could one day make early detection of cancer possible. At least two research studies published this year show exciting advances in DNA methylation analysis, a method that examines biochemical alterations of genetic material for the presence of cancer.

Dubbed “liquid biopsies” by some, one of the experiments accurately predicted the emergence of 50 cancers and where the tumor was growing in thousands of people, reports Chemistry World; the other made predictions up to four years before symptoms occurred, according to Scientific American. The existence of a single test that can potentially screen for multiple cancers at once could lead to early interventions and treatments that save lives.

Read the full article here. 

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