Australian researchers have developed an experimental blood test they say is the first blood test capable of detecting melanoma - an aggressive form of skin cancer - in its early stages with a high degree of accuracy.
"If this blood test was around things could have been so much different".
MRG head Professor Mel Ziman said a follow up clinical trial to validate the findings was now being organised. Using statistical analyses of high-level and a combination of the ten of the antibodies (what the body uses to fight disease), doctors can detect melanoma in patients at an early stage in 79% of cases.
The blood test was trialed on 209 people, 105 of whom had melanoma, and picked up early-stage melanoma in 81.5 percent of the cases, it said.
Currently, doctors can diagnose melanoma only by visual scanning of the patient's skin and conduct biopsies.More news: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Thrilled with the Avengers 4 Storyline
"This is what makes this blood test so exciting as a potential screening tool because it can pick up melanoma in its very early stages when it is still treatable". This is what the blood test is created to help prevent.
"The biopsies are quite invasive".
Researchers say the blood test could provide more accurate results than the human eye, and save many lives.
The breakthrough could potentially save millions of lives and significantly reduce costs to the healthcare system.More news: Trump ready to go all-in on taxing Chinese imports
Researchers will now enter trials for the next three years as they try to up that percentage to 90 percent.
Rodney Sinclair, a dermatologist from the University of Melbourne who did not work on this new research, suggests at this stage the test still needs to be incorporated into a broader array of diagnostic tools as its error rates are a little too high to be relied upon.
Clinton said MelanomaWA sees first-hand the importance of early detection and how critical it is to the long term survival of people diagnosed with melanoma. AFP Indian-Americans donate $1 bn a year Washington: Indian-Americans, who are among the ethnic groups with the highest per capita income, donate about Dollars 1 billion per year, far less than their potential of USD 3 billion philanthropy in the U.S., according to a survey which assessed the giving habits of Indian-Americans.
They then hope to have a test ready for pathology clinics to use not long after that trial is finished.
The blood test has now been submitted for an global patent.More news: Tornadoes surprise central Iowa