World First Melanoma Blood Test
22, Jul 2018
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Australian researcher have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages .
- Melanoma is a cancer that begins in the melanocytes. Other names for this cancer include malignant melanoma and cutaneous melanoma. Most melanoma cells still make melanin, so melanoma Tumours are usually brown or black.
- This test could help doctors detect skin cancer before it spreads through a person’s body.
- The early detection of melanoma in patients have a five-year survival rate between 90% and 99% whereas the rates fell to less than 50% if the cancer spread in the body.