Looking to Test Cancer Cells Papsmear

Pap smear test is better known as an early detection method for finding precancerous cells causes cervical Cancerr . Now scientists are trying to extend the functionality of the test to detect ovarian cancer .

Flakes of tumor cells can apparently be found in the ovaries (ovarian ) , lining of the uterus , cervix or down . As is known Pap smear test is done by taking a swab of cervical mucus . The tumor cells is difficult to identify under the microscope . But scientists from the Johns Hopkins University using advanced DNA testing to examine the results of example Pap smears to look for a gene mutation that is a sign of the presence of cancer .

In a preliminary study , the research team analyzed the Pap smear of 46 women who had received diagnoses of endometriosis or ovarian cancer . In this latest technique known endometrial cancer cells and 41 per cent of ovarian tumors .

Indeed, the research is still very early , so that women who regularly perform Pap smear test so do not expect much yet. Still needed further research to prove that a test called the PapGene it can indeed be technically cancer screening tool .

According Dr.Luis Diaz , a cancer specialist at Johns Hopkins University , his team is currently collecting thousands of samples for testing and Pap smear examined whether it could be used to detect ovarian cancer . " Even if the test can not detect , the main advantages of this test is the patient will not feel different things , " said Diaz .

With this PapGene , cervical fluid sampling method remains the same but the difference is only at the time of the study in the laboratory . Although the development of such tests positive response , but experts said that ovarian cancer is more difficult to detect in its early stages . " If the screening test can find early-stage ovarian cancer in this very influential on the patient's life expectancy , " said Westin Dr.Shannon from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center .

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