Scientists say blood test could detect early signs of breast cancer

Perth scientists say a simple blood test could be all it takes to detect breast cancer, one day replacing mammograms, MRIs and biopsies.

UWA scientist Katie Meehan says the revolutionary blood test is designed to pick-up breast cancer much earlier than a mammogram.

“It will mean before it even has a chance to settle in, we can pick it up and treat it,” she said.

A blood test could detect early signs of breast cancer. Source: 7News
A blood test could detect early signs of breast cancer. Source: 7News

According to Breast Cancer Network Australia figures, 42 Aussie women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every day.

A further 145 Australian men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

UWA researchers are confident a blood test can detect breast cancer. Source: 7News
UWA researchers are confident a blood test can detect breast cancer. Source: 7News

Seven’s Alison Fan is one of about 1500 West Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and she said the new blood test system is a great asset.

“Any test that can pick this disease up earlier has to be a wonderful thing,” she said.

Ms Fan’s breast cancer was picked up early by chance, by a mammogram while she was covering a story on breast cancer in 1989.

A blood test could be all it takes to detect breast cancer. Source: 7News
A blood test could be all it takes to detect breast cancer. Source: 7News

Under the new technology, scientists are able to separate the blood to expose any exosomes, or cancer seeds, which can move through the body and spread the cancer.

While the new science is in its early days, the blood test check could be on the cards by this time next year.

A blood test could be all it takes to detect breast cancer. Source: 7News
A blood test could be all it takes to detect breast cancer. Source: 7News
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