In a major breakthrough, scientists have devised a blood test that can detect eight of the most common types of cancer.

A team of scientists at John Hopkins University, who published the study in journal Science on Thursday, said the test could be available to patients in the next few years.

The test called CancerSEEK looks for the presence of eight different types of cancer, including lung, breast and colorectal cancers, which are usually diagnosed when it is too late to fight them and are together responsible for more than 60 percent of cancer deaths in the United States.

“For the first time we’re seeing potential for a blood test that can screen for many types of nasty cancers that until now we’ve had to wait until symptoms are diagnosed quite late,” said professor Peter Gibbs from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, who was one of the researchers involved in the study, reported.

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