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Researchers explore blood test to detect early breast cancer

October 3, 2012

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Stephanie Watson, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Stephanie Watson was the Executive Editor of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch from June 2012 to August 2014. Prior to that, she has worked as a writer and editor for several leading consumer health publications, including … See Full Bio
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November 12, 2012

is it true that using deodorant can trigger breast cancer?

Jane Dsouza
November 22, 2012

Have you heard that “CellSearch” blood test predicts the occurrence of breast cancer?

October 18, 2012

This is an awesome breakthrough because early detection is the key to stopping breast cancer. I lost my aunt to this disease and am glad to see progress in early diagnosis.

October 16, 2012

Many have seen their near and dear ones suffering due to this disease. It takes a lots of emotional support factor to make the patients feel normal. They always think that someone is neglecting them. But ladies overcome all these factors.

Beth Staropoli
October 4, 2012

Revolutionary medical advances are encouraging and a source of hope for all.

David S. Most
October 4, 2012

Here we go again! The parallels to the PSA test are eerie. Over 30 years ago PSA was welcomed as the potential savior for men. Prostate cancer would be detected EARLY, treated, and its scourge eliminated.

Fast forward: today anti-PSA screening papers abound. PSA is charged with detecting cancers that, if left alone, would never bother a man! The USPSTF has officially recommended against PSA screening.

Now, the prostate research community is chasing the holy grail of being able to differentiate between the ‘pussycat’ prostate tumors and the ‘tigers’ that, if left untreated, will kill the man carrying them.

It doesn’t take any brilliant thinking to see the almost perfect parallel that will develop when and if this test’s sensitivity and specificity establish its utility.

“La plus ca, change, la plus meme chose!”

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