Scientists Discover Blood Proteins That May Give Cancer Warning 7 Years Before Diagnosis; Two Massive Proteomics Studies Yield Clues to Early Stages of Cancer Development

Two Cancer Research UK-funded studies from Oxford Population Health have discovered proteins in the blood that could warn people of cancer more than seven years before it is diagnosed. Scientists identified 618 proteins linked to 19 different types of cancer, including 107 proteins in a group of people who blood was collected at least seven years before diagnosis. The scientists have discovered that these proteins could be involved at the very earliest stages of cancer, where it could be prevented. They believe that some of these proteins could be used to detect cancer much earlier than is currently possible. In the future, this could help treat the disease at a much earlier stage or prevent it altogether. 

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