A welcome change to invasive methods of detecting breast cancer may soon be available in the form of a blood test. Until now, the definitive way to determine cancerous lumps in the breast was by the removal of cells, otherwise known as a needle biopsy. But while it is an effective means of detection, many women find it to be uncomfortable.
The revolutionary study, published in the journal Clinical Breast Cancer, found that the blood test had the potential to cut back the need for biopsies by almost 67 percent. How? By identifying the specific proteins produced when the body is working to fight breast cancer cells.
“When a mammogram yields an abnormal result, the challenge for every clinician is to decide which patients need follow-up, further imaging, or biopsy,” study author Josie R. Alpers said. “A test that is well-validated in a prospective trial means clinicians have a new way to accurately identify which patients may or may not need additional follow-up.”
Wow, what exciting news for cancer patients!
What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
Besides a breast lump, which 83 percent of diagnosed women bring to their doctors, women should also seek professional advice for:
- Breast pain or discomfort
- Breast skin abnormalities
- Breast ulcerations
- Swelling or lump in the armpit
- Back or muscular pain
- Changes to the contour or shape of the breast
Early detection is vital and can save lives. If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, wish to find out more, or want to schedule a check-up, visit your doctor today. It could make all the difference.
This post was written by Katie Skelly. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
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