Doctors intend to improve their methods of diagnosing diseases, and now they are trying new ones for breast cancer. Currently, such tests include mammogram analyses and tissue samples, which can be quite unpleasant and painful for patients. Now specialists suggest blood tests and genetic analysis as an alternative method, which can actually turn out to be easier and less expensive.
The Australian National University put specialists to work on a study that aims to create a new method to diagnose breast cancer. The researchers focus on inventing proper blood tests that could determine if a woman has the disease or not. This analysis is supposed to do more than this, namely also to help doctors monitor the condition.
The researchers in charge of the study know that their proposal is only a prototype. They admit that it needs improvement, but the idea could make doctors’ tasks easier, as well as eliminating women’s uncomfortable feelings.
Guillaume Tcherkez and Illa Tea were members of the research team. They also worked with specialists from France, studying breast cancer cases from the European country. They compared tissue samples from cancer patients to that of healthy people in order to observe the differences. Expert Illa Tea declared the following:
“Our research shows the presence of isotopes carbon-13 and nitrogen-15 in certain proportions in a tissue sample can reveal whether the tissue is healthy or cancerous.”
Other specialists also recommend genetic testing. According to them, this analyses can predict the risks of a woman to develop breast cancer. If the person has already been diagnosed with the disease, such testing can reveal whether it is hereditary or not.
What genetic testing does is to reveal whether potential patients carry BRCA 1 or 2 genes. The presence of these mutations indicates a higher risk of developing cancer in the future. If the tests are positive, women can start treatment or take other measures in order to prevent exposure to the disease.
Regular tests reveal the medical history of the patient, as well as important information on family members. Early diagnosis is the best ally of both doctors and patients engaged in the fight against diseases, and breast cancer is one of them. Doctors advise women to take these medical testings, especially those women who have or had a family member who has cancer.
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