New possibilities to detect cancers at an early stage

Researchers are evaluating a new blood test that could potentially diagnose cancer earlier.

Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 8:06 AM
Updated: Jan. 24, 2018 9:39 AM

(CNN) Health Alert: According to scientists, a new experimental blood test may be able to detect early-stage cancer more easily.
Based on trials, this non-invasive test detected several commons tumors in areas such as the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, lung, and breast.

This blood test is called Cancer Seek. It could cost patients under $500, which is less expensive or comparable to other cancer screenings.

This innovative test allows researchers to evaluate the levels of specific blood protein markers combined with DNA markers. Using this information, they developed algorithms to determine the source of cancer identified in positive tests.

Cancer Seek’s sensitivity averaged 70% among eight types of cancer. It was able to detect 98% of ovarian cancers, but only 33% of breast cancers, which was in patients who have already been diagnosed.

Researchers warn that as of now, the test only lays a foundation for detection, but they are hopeful that detecting early-stage cancers could become easier in the future.

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