Friday 23 February 2018

Blood test that detects bowel cancer on way

A patient undergoing a blood test
A patient undergoing a blood test

Press Association

A new combined blood test for bowel cancer can detect 85pc of cases of the disease, research suggests.

The simple blood test can also detect 50pc of polyps – growths that may one day become cancer – and could be available in Europe from 2015.

Biotech company VolitionRx published their latest results but said research was ongoing.

Mark Flannagan, chief executive of Beating Bowel Cancer, said: "We welcome research into potential blood tests for detecting bowel cancer.

"Over 90pc of cases are treatable if caught early, so it's vital that more people are diagnosed at an early stage. The aim of finding a diagnostic blood test is an important one and more research needs to be done. We await the results of larger trials."

Irish Independent

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