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$7,000 blood test to detect breast cancer. When can we take the test?

Experiment seeks blood test for breast cancer
Tue, Mar 9 2010

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An experimental approach that looks for the DNA leaking out from dead and dying cells may provide a route to a blood test for breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

An initial study showed the test detected 70 percent of breast cancer cases, and correctly cleared 100 percent of women who did not have breast cancer, the team at Chronix Biomedical, a privately-owned company in San Jose, California, said.

The experimental test is not ready to develop into a product but provides a basis for further research, they wrote in the journal Molecular Cancer Research.

"It is based on finding the unique DNA fingerprints from dead and dying cells," Chronix CEO Howard Urnovitz said in a telephone interview.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6283XR20100309

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:22 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Health

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Answers (2)
  • give me a break. why don't they spend all this time and energy into finding a cure for something that kills more people.... like aids or something like that?
    princessbeth79

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 2:24 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • That is a lot of money! And it doesn't cure you, only tests you.... Now if it was a vaccine or a cure, that would be a different story!
    BJoan

    Answer by BJoan at 3:21 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

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