Danish research predicts cancer
04 May 2015
Research & education
Game changer: A simple blood test developed by scientists at the University of Copenhagen can predict breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world, according to the WHO.
The method to diagnosis and treatment is mammography, which can only be used when the disease has already occurred.
Cancer is Danish therapeutic stronghold
Now scientists from the University of Copenhagen have succeeded in predicting if a woman will get breast cancer within two to five years. The method – a metabolic blood profile – is still in the early stages, but over time it is expected to be used to predict breast cancer and more generally to predict chronic disease.
“Cancer is a therapeutic stronghold in Greater Copenhagen and the region’s life science cluster Medicon Valley. This breakthrough, with the potential to save millions of lives, is a testament to the world leading R&D taking place in Greater Copenhagen”, says Marianna Lubanski, Investment Promotion Director, Copenhagen Capacity.
The method has been developed in cooperation with The Danish Cancer Society and the study, which is funded by the Villum Foundation, was recently published in Metabolomics.
Source: University of Copenhagen