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Diagnose breast cancer 5 years in advance

Diagnose breast cancer 5 years in advance

Published : 2019-11-28 - Categories : Our news

English scientists from the University of Nottingham are currently developing a blood test that will determine the presence of cancer cells in the body. They seek to detect affected cells through the natural phenomenon that occurs when the presence of a foreign body is detected. During their lives, infected cells will produce antigens that will be identified as non-self by the body. This situation will cause a series of reactions in the body that will lead to the formation of antibodies and special autoantibodies. 

Promising research

Experiments have been carried out on patients with breast cancer. Malignant tumours have been studied to identify the antigens emitted by infected cells. Samples of their blood were also collected and analyzed. Confronted with blood samples from healthy people, the results of these blood tests identified autoantibodies that are specific to breast cancer. According to one of the researchers, Dr. Daniyah Alfattani: "The results of our study revealed that breast cancer bring about the formation of  autoantibodies against a group of antigens that are specific to the tumor." The current technological advance makes it possible to detect these autoantibodies 5 years before the appearance of common breast cancer symptoms.

On the way to being approved

Steps are being taken by the English research group so as to get as many people as possible benefit from the advantages of this discovery. The data collected and the experimental procedures have already been sent to the Cancer National Research Institute (CNRI) headquarters, waiting for validation. 

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