There has been quite a major breakthrough in medicine as a study was found to prove how a simple blood test can actually be more useful than mammograms as it may even predict any signs of breast cancer even up five years before it develops. Breast cancer is one of the major leading causes of cancer for women, which is why the world desperately needs to find a new way to detect breast cancer faster. Why? Although there is a large amount of scientific data that insists on mammograms are not the most effective method, having a breast cancer screening is most likely the last thing you would want to do if you already have breast cancer.
The concern with women having mammograms is not exactly effective as many cases have shown to be “false positives.” A recent study which involved around 13,000 women, found that breast cancer screening has missed over thousands of high-risk cases of breast cancer every year while many of who were diagnosed with breast cancer, did not even have it. This is quite an alarming problem that many are not aware of. Even health experts suggest that going through the procedure may even trigger breast cancer or actually worsen the condition of an existing case.
Researchers in Denmark have tracker over 57,000 patients over a serial period of 20 years, by taking blood samples from every single one of them. As two groups of women were combined during the study, all began the process very healthy – although half of them were diagnosed with breast cancer within a span of 7 seven years after their first blood sample. The samples of these two groups were compared with those who stayed healthy.
The researchers were able to predict an 80% accuracy of which patients were at risk of being affected by breast cancer by just looking at the breast cancer signs which may include metabolic profiles built solely from blood samples. Although the study doesn’t have 100% accuracy in its reading, it’s proven to be a much better option when compared to mammograms as an early detection is always the best bet in fighting breast cancer. The test is said to work by measuring all compounds of the blood to develop a so-called “metabolic profile” of each individual, to help detect changes in chemical reactions during a pre-cancerous stage.
This study isn’t exactly new as researchers from Harvard University have used this concept to predict a person’s chance of developing various forms of cancer by searching for varied mutations. The big potential this study has is the early detection along with faster treatment upon discovery. In the long run, this method can be made possible to help predict other such diseases. There have already been many trials with the attempt to predict cancer as the main focus is only on of single biomarker that is in any relation to such specific diseases.
The Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, Samia al Qadhi, has said that the incredible findings could help research step a big step towards being able to identify the potential of a woman’s individual risk of developing breast cancer. When breast cancer is diagnosed early on, the treatment has a higher risk of becoming more effective rather than later on.
Researchers are always welcome to any new studies and conservations such as this blood test, as it may offer more possibility of being able to discover which woman may develop breast cancer in the future before it has even started. He also warns that even significant findings such as these are will a long way from becoming a practice in medicine as more research and studies are needed to prove such possibilities and proven effects. The results of this study is quite interesting leaving more opportunity to learn more methods to help improve potential predictions of one’s risk of developing breast cancer, and other various forms of cancer. As the predications become more accurate, the more targeted research can be in regards to prevention and risk-reducing interventions.
It is important to remember that any increased risk of developing breast cancer is not a certainty, as some of the women who were identified in the study did not develop breast cancer. Those with who has a family history of breast cancer or that they are at risk should discuss this with their health care provider as extra breast cancer screening may become an option for some woman, while mammography remains to be the best tool to detect the early stages of breast cancer up to date.
Last year, researchers and scientists from Harvard University School of Medicine, found potential mutations in blood samples that could help determine a person’s potential risk of developing blood cancer five years before it appeared. Studies have found that those with mutations in their blood have a 13% higher risk of developing cancers including lymphoma, leukemia, and myelodysplastic syndrome.