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Pancreatic Cancer Test Gets Validated for Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

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Key Takeaways

  • Researchers have developed and validated a new screening test to detect pancreatic cancer in people with newly diagnosed diabetes.
  • The new test relies on detecting a very distinctive epigenetic marker of pancreatic cancer in the blood, the appearance of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) in cell-free DNA that’s isolated from a 20 mL blood specimen.
  • This cost-effective technology will be useful in detecting occult pancreatic cancer at an early stage in high-risk patients, which may greatly improve survival.                                    Read more. . . .

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