[Skip to content]

Private Healthcare UK
Search our Site

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information:
verify here.

Advertisement
.

New screening test for breast cancer

breast cancer awareness ribbon

A new breast cancer test capable of detecting the disease at an early stage could be available to private patients next year, it has been announced.

The test, which has been created by Norwegian life sciences company DiaGenic ASA, could enable doctors to provide more timely cancer treatment, potentially saving many lives.

Dr James Mackay, medical director of distributor Opaldia, said that the test is "an exciting new weapon in the fight against breast cancer".

The test has been welcomed by charity Cancer Research UK, which described the results as "exciting".

The charity's professor of screening, Professor Stephen Duffy, said: "It is unusual to see a blood test which is estimated to have 80 per cent or more sensitivity to early breast cancer.

"If this can be validated in independent studies, there may well be a role for the test in screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, particularly for women with high breast density where the job of mammography is more difficult."

© Adfero Ltd

 

Treatment news : 17/12/2007

Expert Advice icon

Get expert advice from a leading cancer specialist

The expert advice service provides advice and medical opinions from leading UK cancer specialists. There's a low cost option or you can opt for a full medical opinion on a named patient.

Get expert advice on cancer