Nic Dakin MP comments on ‘universal blood test for cancer’

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Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer, Nic Dakin MP, has commented on the news that a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the USA have published details of a new potentially ‘game-changing’ universal blood test for cancer on Friday 19th January 2018.

Nic, who has been a committed member in the fight against pancreatic cancer, highlighted the need for such test such as that developed by the team from Johns Hopkins:

‘Survival rates for pancreatic cancer have barely improved in half a century. One of the greatest barriers in tackling this disease is its low detection rates. Today’s news regarding the CancerSEEK blood test is a promising step forward for pancreatic cancer diagnosis.’

He went on to emphasise the importance of continuing to push forward.

‘We now need to ensure that the benefits of this research are available across the NHS as soon as possible.’

The news follows from the launch of the APPGPC’s Need for Speed in November 2017 (Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month) which highlighted the importance of diagnosing pancreatic cancer earlier and improving the quality of survival of pancreatic cancer.

You can read more about the blood test, a statement from Pancreatic Cancer CEO, Ali Stunt, here.