Doctors could detect your breast cancer risk with a simple pill 4



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Breast cancer has traditionally been difficult for doctors to diagnose, as current screening methods can identify lumps, but cannot always indicate which ones are cancerous. Breast cancer risk is higher for women aged over 50, with regular screening recommended.

Now researchers from the University of Michigan have created a pill which “lights up” cancerous tumours. This means that dangerous growths could be easily identified with the extra help of an infrared light.

“The oral tablet contains an imaging agent that selectively binds to cancer cells or blood vessels that are unique to tumours”, Australian Associated Press reported. “Once the agent has bound to the cancerous cells, the dye fluoresces under near-infrared light”.

So far, tests on mice have been able to detect cancer tumours 2cm deep into the body. The picture quality is relatively clear, allowing for cancer risks to be simply diagnosed. The University of Michigan will now go ahead with developing a pill for human consumption.

“If successful, the new technique could benefit women with ‘dense’ breast tissue whose mammograms are typically more difficult to read”, Australian Associated Press reported. This could also make breast cancer screening accessible to even more Aussie women.

Have you been affected by breast cancer, or has somebody you know? Are you happy to see breakthroughs in cancer research?

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  1. Have you been affected by breast cancer, or has somebody you know? Are you happy to see these wonderful breakthroughs in cancer research? Xx

    3 REPLY
    • I was diagnosed in 2013, it was picked up during my regular mammogram, it was one of those ” it will never happen to me ” times. I had surgery, followed by radiotherapy, the support and care I received from family, friends and the medical team certainly made the whole thing so much easier to deal with.
      All I can say is ladies never neglect your mammogram, a few minutes of discomfort is much better than months of treatment.
      Anything that can make a difference in detection or treatment is wonderful.

    • My letter for 2nd breast screening examination is on tomorrow. .thurs..i m very anxious s i type

    • Yes as a survivor of two bouts of breast cancer this pill sounds great. After breast surgery the subsequent mammograms are very painful and if I didn’t have to endure them anymore it would be wonderful

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