(CNN) – Researchers in Australia have developed a 10-minute test that can detect the presence of cancer cells in any part of the human body, according to a recently published study.
MIRA: an innovative treatment against cancer opens new hopes
The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland discovered that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when it is submerged in water.
The test works by identifying the presence of that structure, a discovery that could help detect cancer in humans long before current methods, according to the article published in the journal Nature Communications.
"Finding that cancer DNA molecules formed 3D nanostructures completely different from normal circulating DNA was a breakthrough that allowed a completely new approach to detect cancer in a non-invasive way in any type of tissue, including blood," he said the professor. Matt Trau in a statement.
MIRA: The battle against child cancer has a "monster" face in Bolivia
"This led to the creation of portable and inexpensive screening devices that could be used as a diagnostic tool, possibly with a mobile phone," he added.
The co-investigator Abu Sina said the findings represent a "significant discovery" that could be a "big change" for cancer detection.
"Cancer is a complicated disease, [y actualmente] each type has a different test and detection system. In most cases, there is no general test to assess your status.
"Now, people go alone [a la revisión] if they have symptoms, we want it [el examen de detección de cáncer] Be part of a regular check. "