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Scientists unveil new blood test to detect pancreatic cancer
Feb 7, 2017
Scientists unveiled a test for detecting pancreatic cancer in less than a drop of blood. The diagnostic method is fast, cheap and ultra-sensitive, and can be adapted to test for other diseases whose fingerprints are detectable in blood, as per the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering.
In a pilot study, the new test was correct more than 85 percent of the time in distinguishing pancreatic cancer patients from healthy people and people suffering from pancreatitis -- a non-cancerous inflammation.
Scientists unveil new blood test to detect pancreatic cancer - ET HealthWorld
In the absence of an effective treatment, some 80 percent of people die within a year of diagnosis.