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Johns Hopkins U creates new test to screen for 8 cancers

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By PAUL GESSLER, WBFF

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Researchers with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine developed a new blood test able to screen for eight types of cancers.

"Our best chance at fighting cancer is detecting it early," research author Josh Cohen said. "It's something that can't be done visually. It has to be done biochemically."

The $500 test, called CancerSEEK, detects mutations in DNA for eight types of cancer, including lung, breast and colorectal cancers. The findings were published in the journal Science late last week.

"We put a lot of effort to try to make the test as cheap as possible," senior author Dr. Nick Papadopoulos said. "If we find cancers very early, things are better for the individual. We're talking about survival."

According to researchers, the test had greater than 99 percent specificity for cancer.

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