Game-changing blood test for breast cancer | Dr Sahir Shaikh
A new state-of-the-art blood test that uses Trucheck™ technology to detect and characterise cancer cells, will be a ‘game-changer’ for breast cancer screening. These are the words of breast cancer surgeon Professor Kefah Mokbel of London breast institute at Princess Grace Hospital, who was involved in researching the pioneering blood test. He told the Mail on Sunday in a recent interview,
“The blood test results, (published in the journal Cancers) represent a pivotal step towards extending early breast cancer detection beyond the current screening age and to women not participating in the current screening programmes.”
What is a Trucheck blood test?
Trucheck is a blood test that detects the existence of over 70 types of cancers. It is a unique blood test that detects and characterises circulating tumour cells ( CTC’s) and clusters. This is not intended to be a replacement for any Standard of Care screening tests. But, it can catch cancer in its earliest stages and provides an accurate detail of the location of the tumour in the body.
Trucheck has undergone extensive clinical validations involving more than 40,000 participants. Helping to catch cancer in its very early stages, Trucheck is a more comfortable, non-invasive screening method. Importantly, it could benefit millions of women in the UK.
The advantages of a blood test for detecting breast cancer
Women in England are invited for their first breast screening at 50, but recent reports showed that many women are not attending their appointment. Importantly, of the 10,000 yearly cases of breast cancer, a fifth of those diagnosed are women in their 40s. However, mammograms are relatively poor at spotting tumours in the dense breast tissue found among these younger women. This means that cancer is going undetected for under-50s, giving it a chance to spread. This delay makes it far more life-threatening and difficult to treat.
So how could a Trucheck Blood Test help?
♥ Simple blood test that detects circulating cancer tumour cells!
✓ 92% detection of breast cancer
✓ 5% higher detection than mammography
✓ 100% detection in stage 3 and 4
✓ 96% detection for Stage 2
✓ 89% accuracy for stage 1
✓ 70% accuracy in Stage 0, where there are pre-cancerous lesions that could develop into cancer..
And this isn’t just good news for millions of women, as a more accurate and convenient alternative to their annual mammogram, but it will also be able to screen for multiple other cancers. This is currently being tested and studied further, but it could even form part of a yearly health check – that could be conducted in the privacy and comfort of your own home.
If you have any questions about the new Trucheck blood test, please contact Dr Sahir today.
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