Possible Blood Test to Screen Breast Cancer

Published 7 November 2013 By smclean@breastscreen.org.au
Possible Blood Test to Screen Breast Cancer

BreastScreen Victoria is urging women, particularly those aged 50-74, to remain vigilant in having their regular breast screen every two years. This follows recent reports of a new blood test in development for the early detection of breast cancer.

BreastScreen Victoria welcomes research and medical advances to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer.

‘New breakthroughs such as the recent reports of a potential new blood test for breast cancer, are encouraging,’ said BreastScreen Victoria's acting CEO Doris Whitmore.

‘However, women aged between 50 and 74 should still continue to have their free breast screen every two years, while those outside this age group should focus on being breast aware and discuss any changes immediately with their GP.’

At this time, a breast screen every two years is still the most proven effective method to detect breast cancer early, particularly in women aged 50 to 74.

The research into the proposed blood test for breast cancer is still in the very early stages of development and is yet to be trialled.

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