Hair test to detect breast cancer?
Jan 27, 2012
An Australian company has recently announced they are developing a hair test that will be able to identify if a person has breast cancer or not, according to The Times of India.
This came about after researchers decided to take a new approach, and found that using a sychrotron X-ray technology, they were able to detect 70 percent of women who had breast cancer in a series of trials.
"Cell membranes are comprised of lipids, and what appears to happen in breast cancer is that there is increased fluidity of those lipids. We think that's why cancer is able to invade," chief scientist Peter French told the news source.
French expects they will develop a working test within one to two years, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the United States.