Blood test to spot five deadly cancers could prevent thousands of deaths

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Blood test to spot five deadly cancers could prevent thousands of deaths

A new blood test under development could screen for breast, bowel, lung, uterus, or stomach cancer at an early stage.

A simple blood test which detects five of the most deadly types of cancer is being developed by scientists.

Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute in the US have discovered that when breast, bowel, lung, womb or stomach cancer is present in the body, one particular gene changes its chemical signature.

The scientists think that change occurs when the body starts to lose the fight against the disease.

The crucial signature was linked to a gene called ZNF154. Researchers found that when a tumour was present, the gene showed increased signs of ‘methylation’ – a biological process which tells genes to switch to the ‘off’ position.

Read Full Article: Blood test to spot five deadly cancers could prevent thousands of deaths – Telegraph

Read Full Article: Blood test to spot five deadly cancers could prevent thousands of deaths – Telegraph

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