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Detecting Cancer Without Drawing Blood 72

Posted by kdawson
from the you'll-feel-a-slight-pinch dept.
An anonymous reader informs us of research out of Purdue that allows for early detection of cancer without a blood sample. The technique involves shining laser light on surface veins, such as those in the wrist or cheek.
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Detecting Cancer Without Drawing Blood

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  • by nonsequitor (893813) on Thursday September 06, 2007 @12:28PM (#20496717)
    Technically its not a dupe, its still in the firehose. Additionally this had the better of the 2 summaries. You'll notice MANY dupes on the firehose, so its not even a big deal.

    Learn how slashdot works before telling editors they're doing it wrong. Oh wait, carry on.
  • by Dr. Eggman (932300) on Thursday September 06, 2007 @12:28PM (#20496719)
    I'd rather have the link to Purdue since they're the ones conducting the research, rather than some tech news blog. Just because something came first, doesn't make it the better choice. A better summary or a better link should always win out over earlier submission in my book.
  • Re:New? (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 06, 2007 @12:41PM (#20496885)
    Well this is news to me. I have a family history of lung and colon cancer that metastasize and kill you. I think inventions like this are wonderful but it leaves me a simple question. How much does a scanning cost and is it covered by insurance? Considering I have none and would have to pay out of pocket; I would like to know? Another question. If cancer cells are detected very early on; what experimental treatments are there? For the most part, medical science deals with cancer when it's progressed to dangerous levels. I would hate to be given a diagnosis of pre-brain cancer and be told you have 3 years to live. It would drive me nuts!

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