/ 03 June 2024

A win for health science

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Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of the disease, and more than 2 million women across the world are diagnosed with it every year. So it’s pretty exciting that scientists from the Breast Cancer Now research centre in London have come up with a blood test that can predict the risk of breast cancer coming back to those who have previously had it 3 years before it would show up on scans. The test uses whole genome sequencing to look for 1,800 mutations and can pick up tiny amounts of cancer DNA in the bloodstream. In a trial with 78 patients, the test correctly identified a high risk of recurrence in all 11 patients who relapsed during the 5-year trial. Experts say it could be a game-changer in the fight against breast cancer by allowing for earlier intervention and treatment. Ain’t science grand?

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