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Blood test may give early warning of skin cancer relapse

A blood test may be able to sound early warning bells that patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer are relapsing.

Women’s lung cancer cases hit 20,000

Cases of lung cancer in women have reached 20,000 a year in the UK for the first time since records began, according to new Cancer Research UK statistics

Pre-natal blood test study leads to ‘unexpected’ cancer diagnosis in three women

Researchers trying to improve a blood test used to spot foetal disorders have found unexpected signs of cancer in three pregnant women on their study.

‘Liquid biopsies’ could help spot genetic faults in lung cancer

Blood samples could offer an alternative to tumour biopsies in lung cancer patients, according to European researchers.

Cancer cell fingerprints in the blood may speed up childhood cancer diagnosis

Newly-identified cancer cell fingerprints in the blood could one day help doctors diagnose a range of children’s cancers faster and more accurately.

Simple blood test could improve treatment for deadly childhood cancer

A simple blood test could pinpoint which children are unlikely to respond to treatment for a particularly aggressive form of neuroblastoma

Ovarian cancer 'is not detectable' in the blood for years

A mathematical model designed by scientists in the US indicates that ovarian cancer may not be detectable in the blood using current technology until 10 years after the...

Genetic variation 'predicts behaviour of prostate cancer'

Measuring a type of genetic variation in the blood of men with prostate cancer could help predict how their disease will develop, according to US research.

Doctors develop prostate guidance site

Men considering having a PSA blood test for prostate cancer can now turn to a new website to read about other men's experiences.

Israeli researchers developing BRCA 'radiation' test

A new blood test that measures cells' response to radiation could detect inherited faults in a person's BRCA genes, according to Israeli researchers.