New DNA test may detect cancer tumours as early as ten years ahead

Reports have emerged that a new test that uses DNA can determine if someone has any tumours long before they become dangerous. This could help detect any cancers ten years before they actually become life threatening.

Professor Michael C. Herbst, a health specialist at the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) says although this is great news we should be careful to not get ahead of ourselves and should shy away from creating unnecessary expectations.

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It may take a while before the tests can be functional.

Professor Michael C. Herbst, Health Specialist, The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

Herbst says the new DNA liquid biopsies are becoming crucially and specifically linked to a particular type of cancer. He says there has been considerable success in taking and testing a blood specimen which can reveal the development of cancer in one's body.

The blood tests are becoming very specific. It will change diagnosis of cancer in the future.

Professor Michael C. Herbst, Health Specialist, The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

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