AUSTRALIA NEWS - Skin biopsies may soon be a thing of the past, now that new advanced research in the field of NanoBiomed has revealed that a simple blood test can detect cancerous skin cells.
Australian melanoma estimates that around 16,800 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year, with one person diagnosed every 30 minutes.
It is worth noting that skin cancer is one of the most dangerous and difficult types of skin cancer due to its ability to spread rapidly throughout the body, so early identification and treatment is critical for higher survival rates.
Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that in the past decade, the five-year survival rate for advanced melanoma has risen from less than ten percent to more than 50 percent.
In this context, the latest blood test method uses a special technology that includes skin cancer-specific antibodies, and can be used not only to diagnose skin cancer but also to assess whether the remaining cancer cells have been successfully removed after skin cancer surgery.
This is the first study to use circulating tumor cells (CTCs) to assess the effectiveness of surgery.
Australia has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world, with nearly 2,000 deaths each year.
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