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New blood test can diagnose cancer in 30 minutes and tell if it’s spread

SCIENTISTS have devised a blood screening test that can diagnose cancer in 30 minutes and tell if it has spread.

Experts from the University of Oxford say the technique is 95% accurate and detects tumors earlier – increasing the chances of survival.

Scientists have invented a blood screening test that can diagnose cancer in 30 minutes and tell if it has spread

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Scientists have invented a blood screening test that can diagnose cancer in 30 minutes and tell if it has spreadCredit: Getty

It uses AI to scan the blood for unusual combinations of molecules, such as sugars and acids, that can be released by tumor.

In trials of 300 NHS patients, it almost always detected cancer, and experts say the evidence is strong that it can identify all types.

Dr James Larkin, the creator, said: “It is exciting that this technology has promise for cancer.

“The idea is to use it for people with non-specific symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or if you’re in pain and you and your GP don’t know what it is.

“We needed a clear way of saying, ‘This could be cancer’ because some types are harder to detect.

“Our vision is to be able to detect something before the patient knows it’s a problem.”

The trials could be ready for public use in two years.

The team hopes a tube of blood taken by a GP could be enough to detect or rule out any type of cancer.

And this is the first to be able to tell if cancer has spread to other parts of the body, with 94% accuracy in the study.

It can be rotated more rapidly than standard CT scans, X-rays, and blood tests that occur after transfer.

Dr. Larkin said it has been tested on brain, lung, bowel, pancreatic, liver, breast and bladder cancers – but there is solid evidence that it can detect any type of cancer.

The Oxford team, who published the results in the journal Clinical Cancer Research, are now receiving funding for larger trials.

Dr Larkin added: “This could change the way cancer is diagnosed and I would love to see it rolled out.

“This is just a standard blood sample that the NHS has been able to do and if we run the test quickly, we can get the results from the needle in the arm to the results in 30 minutes.

“Some patients are now sent to watch and wait if their doctors don’t think they have cancer – but if they do, the cancer will get worse while they wait. We want to prevent that.”

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