British scientists have discovered the qualifications of a simple blood test that can tell whether cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) will recur.
The British newspaper “Daily Mail” reported that the blood test, known as a “liquid biopsy”, gives hope to cancer patients, as it can accurately predict whether or not cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) will return.
A number of people get a type of human papillomavirus, which is transmitted through sexual contact, and get rid of it without ever knowing they had it.
But some rare types of HPV increase the risk of some types of cancer, including those that affect the head, neck, cervix, anus and genitals.
Currently, doctors have to take a tissue sample to try to see if the disease may return after treatment, which is something that bothers patients and takes a long time to know the result, which is not certain in some cases.
However, a recent study at the University of Edinburgh explored the "enormous potential" of a "liquid biopsy", finding that the test was able to detect small DNA molecules in the blood derived from the HPV present in the tumor.
Published on May,2, 2020 on Skynews