We all know that early detection of cancer is important when it comes to survival, and soon you may be able to diagnose yourself from the comfort of your own home.
A scientist out of California State University is developing a 10-minute cancer test, which will detect the disease from a simple drop of saliva. Oncology Professor David Wong, who is developing the test, insists you can detect tumor DNA from bodily fluids, and that the test would be 100% accurate and incredibly simple.
“If there is circulating signature of a tumor in a person blood or saliva, this test will find it,” Professor Wong told the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “We need less than one drop of saliva and we can turn the test around in 10 minutes. It can be done in a doctor’s office while you wait. Early detection is crucial. Any time you gain in finding out that someone has a life-threatening cancer, the sooner the better.”
So, how soon may we see it on the market? The test is expected to begin clinical trials with lung cancer patients later this year, and the FDA is expected to approve it within two years.
Source: The Telegraph