Scientists at Manchester University have found a new way to test for ovarian cancer.
They say the new blood test has the potential to save lives – if further research can be carried out.
Professor Emma Crosbie, one of the researchers on the project, said: “We do need to do something.
“It’s all very well to say we are not diagnosing it early enough, but there has to be a willingness to try and do something about that.
“And that requires funders to put some money behind it.”
Ovarian cancer is currently diagnosed with a blood test, followed by an ultrasound scan.
But with a survival rate of just 35%, the current tests aren’t picking up enough cases early enough.
The addition of a new type of blood test, developed by scientists at the University of Manchester, was 100% sensitive at detecting ovarian cancer in women under 50.
By using both the existing test and the new one in combination can pick up more cases of ovarian cancer more quickly than before – so people can access life-saving treatment faster.
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