Test Breakthrough Could See Cancer Diagnosed In Minutes

Cancer patients could soon be diagnosed within ten minutes thanks to a simple new blood and tissue test.

The test has been developed by researchers at the University of Queensland, using microscopic DNA structures.

Researchers discovered cancerous DNA reacts differently to normal DNA when mixed with metallic surfaces such as gold.

On screen the molecules appear rough, compared with normal DNA, which is smoother.

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Trials were conducted on 200 samples including breast, lymphoma, prostate and colorectal, and the results had 90 percent accuracy of detecting cancer.

It is now hoped the tests, using blood or tissue samples, will be available within ten years.

The breakthrough means tumours could be detected well before they form, allowing a crucial head-start to fight cancer.

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