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February 15, 2005

Hope of saliva tests for cancers

Topics: 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.

Spit test

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.


Related links:
Salivary transcriptome diagnostics for oral cancer detection.
Saliva: Head and Neck Cancer Detection Without Blood Test.

Head and Neck Cancer Biomarkers Detected in Saliva

Posted by Hyscience at February 15, 2005 2:09 PM

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