A revolutionary blood test that could detect any type of cancer has been developed by British scientists.

It is hoped the breakthrough will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms – saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures and biopsies.

Early results have shown the simple test can diagnose cancer and pre-cancerous conditions from the blood of patients with melanoma, colon cancer and lung cancer with a high degree of accuracy.

Alternatively, it could be a useful aid for investigating patients who are suspected of having a cancer that is currently hard to diagnose, say the University of Bradford researchers.

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