February 15, 2005
Hope of saliva tests for cancersTopics: Medicine
Saliva tests could be used to detect tumours such as breast cancer, researchers believe.
A small study on 32 patients with head and neck cancers showed promising results using a test that checks for genetic signs of cancer in saliva.
The University of California Los Angeles researchers now plan a much larger study they told the journal Clinical Cancer Research.
UK cancer experts said there was a need for simple, non-invasive cancer tests.
Researchers have been looking at ways to pick up cancer in samples of urine, faeces and saliva for some time as an alternative to blood tests.
Some have focused on detecting proteins produced by cancers.
Head and Neck Cancer Biomarkers Detected in Saliva
Posted by Hyscience at February 15, 2005 2:09 PM
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