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Single Drop of Blood Soon to Be Enough to Diagnose Cancer

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Imagine If a Simple Prick of the Finger Was Enough to Diagnose Cancer

With as much as 40% of the population at large likely to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life, the fear of cancer is as strong as ever.

Luckily, thanks to medical and scientific advancements, our ability to find and fight cancer is constantly improving, and this latest breakthrough may be one of the most significant yet.

New research from Umeå University in Sweden and the VUMC Cancer Center Amsterdam show that a new, minimally invasive technique could be all we need to accurately diagnose cancer, even at very early stages.

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And all it takes is a single drop of blood…

With current methods, correctly finding and identifying different cancer sites can be painful, lengthy, and expensive.

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Though we wish diagnosing dangerous and lethal diseases were easy as 1, 2, 3, the truth is that even with today’s technology, pinpointing the source of our ailments can be a flawed process. Tissue biopses can be painful, and CT scans sometimes don’t pick up smaller tumors, instead only capturing irregular growths when they’re already far along.

Now, a new method could help us diagnose cancer in a pinch. Literally.

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Researchers in Sweden and the Netherlands have developed a new technique called a liquid biopsy. The simple process can detect cancer only by screening blood samples, a major breakthrough for the early identification of cancer cells and other irregularities.