Breast cancer: Tailored screening breakthrough?
Using a combination of family history and genetic markers, could there be a breakthrough in breast cancer screening.
A test has been developed and is being trialled by some specialists and GPs.
Diagnosing cancer sooner is a priority.
This new test shows potential to identify risks through its tailored approach.
If a woman is at high risk of developing breast cancer, she could be offered more regular screening or even preventative treatments – researchers say.
Around 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
A large percentage of this happens in women who have risk factors.
Professor Antonis Antoniou, the lead researcher at Cambridge University, says,
“This is the first time that anyone has combined so many elements into one breast cancer prediction tool.”
“It could be a game changer.”
The tool will enable the identification of risk in any women, not just women who are high risk.
This more tailored approach is what the NHS needs to provide more personalised care for individual women. It is thought that some women may need additional appointments with doctors to discuss things such as prevention and lifestyle changes needed.
Diagnosing cancer earlier will mean more people surviving breast cancer.
“This is promising and advancements in diagnosing breast cancer is much needed. I see firsthand, the devastation delays in diagnosis or even misdiagnosis causes families. Let’s hope that this tool and the forthcoming research will continue to be positive and in the not too distant future, it will be routine for women to be having these tests.”
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