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Monday, December 19, 2011
Chinese doctors find way to detect liver cancer earlier
SHANGHAI, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- A simple test using just one milliliter of a patient's blood can tell whether the patient has liver cancer -- even if the tumor is less than two centimeters in diameter, new medical research in Shanghai shows.
Doctors at the Zhongshan Hospital, a major medical institution affiliated with Fudan University, have found that seven microRNAs, or ribonucleic acid molecules, are strongly related to liver problems. This discovery can raise the accuracy of tests for early-stage liver cancer to almost 90 percent.