According to the World Health Organization, Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women.
Mammography is a common screening method to diagnose breast cancer. The World Health Organization reports that mammography is only about 75 percent accurate, and that is even when a person has already developed cancer. It also has a high rate of false positives that can lead to avoidable surgeries.
But now, scientists have developed a new technique that can predict breast cancer five years before it develops. With an accuracy level of 80%, this new technique is far better than mammography and will lead to better prevention and early treatment of the disease.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark developed a blood test that analyzes all of the compounds in the blood instead of examining a single biomarker.
This metabolic profile of an individual was successfully able to predict the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer.