Molecular markers for early diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  July 29, 2005 at 6:22 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Molecular markers for early diagnosis of breast and ovarian cancer
Scientists from Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research and Lviv Regional Oncology center, Ukraine has developed a new simple and affordable blood test for early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

However, they did not find the proteins in women without cancer. "Attempts to find a single reliable early protein, or 'marker', for breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis have not been very successful," says LICR's Serhiy Souchelnytskyi, senior author of the study.

"However, the use of multiple markers clearly improves the diagnostic ability. There are indications that these markers may also one day be useful for prognosis of the disease course," he said.

Early detection is crucial for effective treatment, particularly for ovarian cancer.

"If we can use a simple blood screen to identify this cancer at a very early stage, we can almost certainly make a positive impact on patient health and survival," says Kunle Odunsi from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in the US.

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

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