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I was watching the news late last night and saw a story about an Australian company that has developed a way to screen for bc with just the strands of our hair. Can you image the implications of this kind of science. It was on our local news. Apparently they are planning to make it available this year in Australia. The story was about a bio-tech convention here this week. They can also accurately screen for prostate and other cancers as well.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25291669/

I am sure some of you already new this but I had not heard of it until now.

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Thanks for posting this... very interesting! I for one hadn't read about this.


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Wow this is very interesting I hadn't heard this either.

75 percent accuracy rate is impressive.

Here are the first questions that pop in my mind, The article states that women with Breast Cancer have a distinct marker in the Molecular structure of the hair. So this would not be a test for screening, but a non invasive tool to determine if a suspicious area is positive. Right?

I also wondered how advanced the Cancer has to be before the hair molecules would be effected?

It is amazing and a scary thought that even our hair would be effected.

Even though this test may not be the golden egg to screening, it makes me hopeful that science will continue to search for more accurate and less invasive methods.

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That sounds very interesting... but of course, now I have a question.  For us gals who have already HAD bc, would we already HAVE these markers in our hair, so if my new post chemo hair was tested, would they show up as positive for bc? 

Just a thought.  My dh tells me that I think too much, and he's probably right.

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All of your questions are the same ones everyone has asked me when I brought up this story. I don't know the answers and have not had time to research it. Maybe one of our resident research junkies will check it out for us.


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LOL since I like to google Brenda I think I will to see what I can find on the subject. This is very interesting.
 
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Here is some more info on the Fermiscan test
what I think is cool is it may elemenate having more invasive test !

http://www.fermiscan.com.au/our-technology/fermiscan-test.html

http://www.australiabio2008.com/common/pdf/press%20releases/Fermiscan9May08_validation_trial.pdf

Competitive Advantages :

The Fermiscan breast cancer test offers the potential for a non-invasive, low risk (the patient is not exposed to radiation), test for the presence of breast cancer for women of any age. The test is highly convenient as only a few hair fibres are needed.

A significant advantage of this test over imaging technologies is that its performance is not affected by different breast types or compositions.

The technology therefore potentially provides early detection of breast cancer with benefits for women's health including increased survival and treatment options. In clinical trials to date the test has shown an accuracy rate of around 80 per cent.

Website address: http://www.fermiscan.com.au

 


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Thank you Carrie. Very interesting stuff. Can you image finding out you have breast cancer years before it would have shown up on a mammo. For people like me that the bc was found basically by accident it could make the world of difference. How many women could go without chemo because they found the cancer very early? It also seems that this type of test can be done for less money too. If it could reassure me every year that I was still bc free I would be happy to go grey for a month.


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