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New Blood Test May Reveal Potential Cancers Four Years Before Symptoms

Researchers in China and California have reported that they have developed a simple blood test that can identify cancers–– like malignant mesothelioma–– as far as four years before symptoms show. Scientific American magazine reports that the tool, called PanSeer, correctly diagnosed more than 90% of the people tested who later went on to develop cancer.

PanSeer detects methylation patterns in which a chemical group is added to DNA to alter genetic activity. Past studies have shown that abnormal methylation can signal various types of cancer.

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