A Blood Test To Detect Breast Cancer

A Utah hospital is looking for a way to do a simple blood test to help screen patients for breast cancer. Intermountain Medical Center is doing a three-year study that will attempt to detect DNA from tumors in blood samples.

Researchers hope to find markers that will indicate that cancer is present so that it can be caught and treated while still curable because between 10 to 30 percent of the cancers are missed in mammography screenings sue to dense tissue.

Until then, doctors are encouraging more men and women to undergo traditional breast cancer screening. Statistics that show Utah with the second-worst screening rate in the U.S.