Asons Comment on Breakthrough Technology that Can Spot Cancer Months before Any Symptoms

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With around 76,000 people dying from cancer every year, a British company has discovered an innovative new approach to cancer diagnosis that can indicate the presence of cancer often before any noticeable symptoms, potentially saving lives of thousands.

If this process was rolled out across the UK, much like cervical cancer screening, it would eliminate the wait for symptoms to begin presenting themselves, allowing patients to receive treatment earlier than ever

Primarily used in the diagnosis of ovarian cancer, professors from the University College London originally developed the technique to help spot the presence of cancer before it reached its late stages, where it becomes less treatable and survival rates significantly decrease. Showcased in The Telegraph, this technique can identify high levels of protein and other biomarkers in the blood that are synonymous with cancer (1). With ovarian cancer showing very little, if any, symptoms within its earliest stages, it has been said this process could be set to drastically decrease the risk of ovarian cancer misdiagnosis (1).

It has now been said by Abcodia, the company responsible for the algorithm, that the process has the ability to be applied to the diagnosis of other cancers, such as pancreatic, lowering the general risk of cancer misdiagnosis (1).

Speaking on this breakthrough screening process, Suzanne Yates, from cancer misdiagnosis specialists, Asons, said:

“Across the world, cancer is becoming more and more prevalent, yet despite this, there are still strains of the condition that doctors struggle to recognise in their earlier stages. If this process was rolled out across the UK, much like cervical cancer screening, it would eliminate the wait for symptoms to begin presenting themselves, allowing patients to receive treatment earlier than ever.

"Having observed many cancer misdiagnosis claims, I know the trauma that can be caused when doctors fail to diagnose a condition, often through negligent care. This delayed treatment allows the cancer to develop and become life threatening, however with this new development we could be looking at eliminating much of the risk of human error.”

Receiving negligent treatment from a medical professional that has resulted in misdiagnosis or delayed treatment could be a form of medical negligence, and as such there may be an eligibility to make a claim for cancer misdiagnosis compensation. Some cancers are notoriously harder to diagnose than others, however if a practitioner has failed to take the necessary steps in order to make an accurate diagnose they may be at fault. Anyone who feels they may be have been subjected to poor treatment and wishes to enquire into making a cancer misdiagnosis claims can contact Asons on 01204 521 133, or visit http://www.asons.co.uk for more information.

(1)    The Telegraph, How Abcodia is catching cancer early, 12/10/2013
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/festival-of-business/10373489/How-Abcodia-is-catching-cancer-early.html

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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