US and UK Researchers Aim to Develop a Test to Detect Cancer Even Before It Appears

US and UK Researchers Aim to Develop a Test to Detect Cancer Even Before It Appears

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As of today, there are very few ways, like a biopsy, available to detect cancer. But now scientists claim to invent a screening mechanism which will discover in a very early stage. A groundbreaking collaboration between leading scientists in Britain and the US aims to find the disease even before it emerges in the body. The alliance also includes the participation of the University of Manchester, the University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, and University College London, and all in the UK. If the team succeeds in inventing such a mechanism, it could save millions of lives. The project has gained backing from the Prime Minister as well as received initial funding worth £55 million. The program aims to dispose of issues in existing screening programs. Scientists aim to develop a test for the latest cancers and, eventually, identify pre-cancerous cells before tumors emerge.

The collaborators aim to take advantage of the latest advances in cancer genetics and imaging. Records are inflating with tumor DNA sequence, and scientists have started to turn their sights to sequencing precancerous growths in an attempt to learn which mutations tip some of them over a harmful lifestyle. Until then, innovations in imaging enable clinicians to find ever-smaller tumors. Evermore, they are noticing the metabolic changes that can be an indication of cancer, which will eliminate the need for surgery or removal of tissue.

The alliance aims to introduce a test that can become a part of an array of methods to find cancer early. The team will also seek ways to integrate multiple tests to produce more precise results and lessen the risk of false diagnosis. They will also merge resources to enlarge the scope of clinical trials. Such techniques could enhance cancer treatments. Besides, five-year survival rates for six types of cancer are more than three times higher when the cancer is diagnosed at the primary stage. In the end, the scientists want to develop precision prevention, which can assist in preventing disease before it even arises.