French scientists from WHO conducted a study to test the effectiveness of a urine test for bladder cancer. According to the researchers, this method could detect this type of cancer about ten years earlier than current screening techniques.
Last December, British scientists developed a urine test to detect prostate cancer at an early stage. Now it’s time for bladder cancer. French researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) a specialized agency affiliated with the World Health Organization, presented their work in the magazine the Lancet EBiomedicine.
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According to the authors of this study, led by Dr. Florence Le Calvez-Helm, this technique could lead to an early diagnosis up to 10 years before it can be detected with cystoscopy, an examination that requires general anesthesia and consists of inserting a tube into the urethra.