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Groundwork laid for early detection of cancers with universal blood test

A study has laid the foundations for a universal blood test that could result in the earlier detection of various types of cancer, researchers say

A study has laid the foundations for a universal blood test that could result in the earlier detection of cancer, researchers say.

The researchers, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in the US, applied a test called CancerSEEK to 1,005 patients with non-metastatic, clinically detected cancers.

Less than £360

The estimated cost of a CancerSEEK test is less than £360, comparable to or lower than other screening tests for single cancers. Source: Science

They included cancers of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colorectum, lung and breast.

There are currently no screening tests available for average-risk individuals for cancer of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas and oesophagus, they say.

CancerSEEK tests were positive in a median of 70% of the eight cancer types. It detected cancer through assessment of the levels of circulating proteins and mutations in

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