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Protein Changes In Blood Could Help Detect Breast Cancer Early

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Here's today's feel-good story:

A new test to catch breast cancer up to two years early could be done by discovering protein changes in the blood.

Researchers recently discovered that they found levels of six proteins in people's blood changed before they were diagnosed with breast cancer.

Those that are genetically predisposed to the disease could use this new test to catch it earlier than normal.

“This shows that testing should probably be based both on proteins that differ between women with and without breast cancer and on proteins that alter in an individual person over time,” said Ms. Sophie Hagenaars from Leiden University Medical Center in The Netherlands.

“If further research validates our findings, this testing could be used as an add-on to existing screening techniques. Blood tests are relatively simple and not particularly painful for most people, so people could be offered screening as often as needed.”

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