A new blood test can detect cancer in 10 minutes, The Telegraph is reporting.
The test is offering new hope that all types of the disease can be spotted early when treatment is the most effective, the newspaper said.
The testing was developed by researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia.
“Our approach also enabled non-invasive cancer detection, (i.e a blood test), in 10 (minutes) from plasma derived (circulating free) DNA samples with excellent specificity,” researchers wrote in a report for Nature Communications.
“We believe that this simple approach would potentially be a better alternative to the current techniques for cancer detection."
Ged Brady, from the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute said: “This approach represents an exciting step forward in detecting tumor DNA in blood samples and opens up the possibility of a generalized blood-based test to detect cancer.
“Further clinical studies are required to evaluate the full clinic potential of the method.”
The new method looks for differences in the genetic code of cancerous and healthy cells, the newspaper said.
Researchers discovered the DNA of cancer cells sticks strongly to nanoparticles of gold – providing a quick determination whether the disease is present, according to The Telegraph.
CNN noted the test is yet to be used on humans. Large clinical trials would be need before it could be used on patients.