New Genetic Test for Mouth Cancer

We are all for this one. Researchers from Queen Mary, University of London have developed a new genetic test that can detect early signs of mouth cancer.

The qMIDS test, which measures the activity of 16 genes, can show whether patients with a sore or ulcer in the mouth possess pre-cancerous cells. Although mouth ulcers and sores are very common and mostly benign, the test can allow at-risk patients to receive earlier treatment.

It is great news as mouth cancer affects more than 6,200 people in the UK each year. Early diagnosis of the disease and rapid treatment can save lives.