Saturday, January 12, 2008

Dentists could soon carry out a simple saliva test for breast cancer

From the Daily Mail. Click the link to read the entire article.

A £10 saliva test capable of detecting breast cancer during a routine visit to the dentist is being developed by scientists.

Used during six-monthly dental check-ups, it would provide early warning of the disease that claims the lives of more than 1,000 women a month.

As quick and easy to use as a home pregnancy test, it would be able to detect the cancer from just two or three drops of saliva.

Researcher Dr Charles Streckfus (CORR) said it could prove invaluable in picking up the disease in its earliest stages, when it easiest to treat.

Used during routine dental check-ups, it could spot cases of the disease which could otherwise go unnoticed until too late.

The most common cancer in Britain, breast cancer affects more than 44,000 women a year and claims the lives of more than 12,000

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