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Toshiba develops way to accurately detect 13 types of cancer from drop of blood

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Amazing. Too late for so many of our loved ones unfortunately but any leap forward is a godsend.

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This is great news. Something like this will go a long way towards saving the lives of so many. Earlier detection and more accurately while also making it affordable is great news.

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Wow, that is good news. Screw the trial, we need this asap. Does this mean no more stomach or colon cameras are needed for health check ups, that would be amazing

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Anyone remember Elizabeth Holmes. Hope this has a better outcome.

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Well done Toshiba.

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Anyone remember Elizabeth Holmes.

Since that case is current, and has not yet gone to trial, I would think people "remember" it.

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Wow, that is good news. Screw the trial, we need this asap. 

Of course it needs further testing, regardless of how soon we need it.

If it doesn't actually work, it won't matter how convenient it is.

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"Anyone remember Elizabeth Holmes?"

Well since you brought it up:

is an American businesswoman who is the founder and former CEO of Theranos, a now-defunct company known for incorrectly claiming to have revolutionized blood testing using surprisingly small volumes of blood, such as from a fingerprick. In 2015, Forbes named Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America on the basis of a $9 billion valuation of Theranos. By the next year, following revelations of potential fraud.

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Hang on! As much as it is good news, it is not technology invented by Toshiba Japan. Many countries have been developing this technology with success. Toshiba Japan has taken everybody else's ideas and worked on them. One must also note that, clinical trials are yet to be done and the success of this technology still needs to be proven.

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The 99 percent accuracy rate may not be so accurate if you consider false positives and false negative. Still it’s good to know that new methods of cancer detection are being developed here in Japan.

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If they need a volunteer to scan, I am up for it.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Very good news.

But I hope this does lead to anxiety and useless treatments

I have heard we all may have some kind of cancer cells just sleeping, but this will not develop into a cancer. So this could create false positive

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Fingers crossed they make progress with this, because early detection is huge for treatment.

If you are interested in the fight against cancer, the Adam Curtis documentary, The Way of All Flesh, is a good watch.

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I thought Toshiba company is making general household appliances and some kinda semiconductor chips, and it is amazing that Toshiba can develop such high tech detection instrument that is able to find cancers?

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If research scientists really made it, they would get Nobel Prize someday.

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If research scientists really made it, they would get Nobel Prize someday.

Well argued. When proven, these scientists will absolutely be given the Nobel. 100 percent. The huge prize money will be given to Toshiba. But the lives they saved would be priceless.

Thank you scientists, THANK YOU!

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I hope this is not Theranos Part 2.

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@Samit Basu

I hope this is not Theranos Part 2.

What does this have to do with a Theranos? Theranos was a complete scam from the very beginning. Toshiba is an 80 year old company with an established reputation.

Oooh right... it's a Japanese company. I forgot who I was talking to for a second.

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@Samit Basu

@Disillusioned

Desperate. Please.

I'm all the more happy for Toshiba! Seeing them back to work and innovating is very heartwarming. Here's hoping, with the fast approaching arrival of the new decade, we'll see a Toshiba as glorious as the one of 15 years ago. Heck, maybe even better!

Although I am a little bitter of them not really laptops, like the crazy ones back in the day. Nonetheless, keep up the good work, Toshiba-chan!

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Hurry up, because I'm really not happy with the current method of checking for prostate cancer.

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Sorry to hear that Zichi. Hope it all goes well.

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@Zichi

I also have to make a special request that the PSA check is added to my annual physical. Obviously, it should be mandatory, since it's a simple thing once your blood has been taken. There have even been times when the staff have warned me that will will cost money, as in an extra 200 yen, as if that is some kind of reason not to have it done.

And it's a lot easier to take than the alternate method.

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A nurse here gave me a rule-of-thumb figure for people and cancer rates. She said that 2 out of 3 people will develop cancer in their life.

Of those two people, one will die from the cancer itself, and the other will die from other causes, still with the cancer.

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