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Cancer 'early warning system' discovery.

CANCER could be detected up to five years earlier following groundbreaking DNA research at Liverpool University.

Bioscientists based at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have discovered that DNA in cancerridden cells becomes damaged much earlier than previously thought.

It means the onset of cancer, particularly in the lungs, can now be detected much earlier than current screening processes allow, by testing cells to check if DNA strands have become 'broken'.

The DNA breaks are produced by abnormalities in the cell division process that are caused by carcinogens such as tobacco smoke.

Any DNA found not intact could indicate that cancer has begun to develop on pre-cancerous lesions in the lungs or skin.

Experts are being urged to develop better methods of molecular testing that could replace imaging techniques like x-rays, within the next five years.

Researchers hope eventually all chronic smokers - those who have smoked for 20 or 30 years - will be offered DNA tests.

The university's Dr Lakis Liloglou said: 'Identification of such damage could serve as a very early warning signal of cancer Breakthrough for treatment

RESEARCHERS at the university of Liverpool have also made a breakthrough which could transform the way some cancer patients are treated The university team has discovered a specific protein in pancreatic cancer patients that could help doctors to predict their chances of recovery


RESEARCH: Bioscientist Dr Eithne Costello Picture: TONY KENWRIGHT
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 15, 2005
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