Australian researchers have developed a universal cancer test

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A research group from the University of Queensland have made a discovery that could change the way we screen for cancer.

Current screening methods require patient biopsies, and several individual tests for different cancer types.

But UQ researchers have found that DNA from multiple types of cancer all share a common unique genetic signature.  This finding means that it may be possible for doctors to perform a single universal blood test to screen for cancer as part of regular health checkups.

The project is still in its research stage, and will be undergoing clinical trials over the next several years.

Results so far have been highly successful, and researchers are hopeful the new screening method can be implemented in clinics soon after its clinical testing.

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