Australian Scientists Developed The First Blood Test Capable Of Detecting Melanoma On Early Stages

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July 20, 2018 18:08 By Fabiosa

Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that appears as a mole of irregular shape and texture. According to the “American Society Against Cancer” of the United States, this year, there will be diagnosed approximately 91,270 new cases of melanoma. For 9,320 people, this will be a fatal diagnosis. For this reason, early detection is vital.

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The Edith Cowan University of Australia has recently announced it developed the first blood test capable of detecting melanoma during the early stages. This is undoubtedly excellent news, as it will help save thousands of lives every year, not to mention the cost reduction inside the states’ health systems.

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According to university scientists, such analysis will help prevent cancer from spreading to other areas of the body. The method was tested among 209 people, 105 of whom had melanoma. The analysis successfully detected the tumor in its early stages in 81.5% of cases.

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How does it work?

It is basically a blood test that detects the antibodies with which the body responds to melanoma. The project’s leading investigator, Pauline Zaenker, mentioned:

This blood test is very promising as a potential detector because it can identify melanoma on its initial stage when it is still treatable.

She also claimed the patients whose melanoma is detected on the early stage have a five-year survival rate of between 90% to 99%. The survival rate without the help of this analysis is only 50%.

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Now, the team of scientists is ready to perform a clinical work lasting for three years and determining whether doctors can use the test on a daily basis.

Source: American Cancer Society, ECU, La Vanguardia

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