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Asked by sfurnell to Kate, Miranda, Yagiz on 21 Mar 2013.
Keywords: detect, hard
I don’t know which is the hardest sfurnell, but i know that things like pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer are certainly proving quite the challenge. None of the tests sicentists have come up with are effective enough. they keep missing those who have cancer, and falsely find some people have cancer that don’t have it. these are called false positives and false negatives. For a test to be effective, you need to have a high true positive and low false negative and low false positives and we just dont have that yet. My old lab has been working on trying to identify biomarkers (proteins which are only found in the blood of people with cancer) for ovarian cancer. My PhD project identified several possibilities, and my old lab is busy following those up as well as others from other projects. I’m hopeful that they might find something that will do the trick!
It is very to hard to say but heart attacks are extremely difficult to detect.
I agree with Miranda that pancreatic and ovarian cancer are hard to detect until its significantly advanced. Sometimes really low levels of virus are hard to detect. With the flu its not a big deal but it can be dangerous if its HIV.
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