Scientists Are Now Able To Detect Cancer With Just One Drop Of Blood

Cancer is a scary, scary thing. It is the number two killer in the United States and yet the ability to detect it has been woefully limited. If you go to your doctor with cancer symptoms, the best these professionals can do is order blood tests, biopsies, and urine analyses -- none of which actually definitively say whether or not your symptoms are caused by a tumour. At least we have options available to us. In the future, things could look very different. Researchers from the Cancer Center Amsterdam (CCA) may have just turned things around for us. They have found a way to detect almost any type of cancer with 96% accuracy! The researchers studied 1,000 diagnosed patients, and from just one drop of blood, they were able to not only determine the type of cancer the patient had, but where the tumour originated and whether or not it has metastasized. What they found was that blood platelets play a role in tumour growth and sprawl. The platelets of cancer patients contain unique RNA-patterns (or copies of DNA parts) that make it possible to distinguish between healthy individuals and those afflicted by cancer. doctor-looking-blood-vials This is revolutionary! This can really help cancer survival rates by enabling identification earlier on. Treatment costs can also decrease with this diagnostic test since early cancers are much easier to treat. The scientists were careful to point out that this method is more accurate with certain types of cancers. It was able to easily identify internal cancers but less accurate with others like brain cancers (85% accuracy). The researchers believe this may be due to the blood-brain barrier that keeps potentially dangerous substances out of our brains. They believe that the indicators for brain cancer may be unable to get back into the blood and therefore, evade detection with this test. It is still unclear as to when this type of testing will become widely available. There is some talk that a market-ready version may be available to doctors as soon as 2020. Until then, remember that early detection can make all the difference, so keep up your clean eating and active living, while paying attention to any changes in the way you and your body are feeling. What do you think of this possibly life saving news? Source: Shape Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_116130" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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