Friday, January 11, 2008

A Potential New Test for Breast Cancer from your Dentist?


January 11, 2008 -- WASHINGTON - Scientists are close to developing a screening test for breast cancer that would check a woman's saliva for evidence of tumors early, when they are most treatable.

In research published yesterday in the journal Cancer Investigation, the scientists say they have identified 49 proteins in saliva that can help diagnose benign or malignant breast tumors.

Charles Streckfus, a University of Texas professor of diagnostic sciences, said federal approval for the test may be sought within five years.

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