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    New scanner allows cancer detection at home

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    Women could have a fast test for breast cancer and instantly identify the presence of a tumour in the comfort of their own home thanks to ground-breaking new research.


    Professor Zhipeng Wu from the University of Manchester has invented a portable scanner based on radio frequency technology, that can show the presence of tumours in the breast on a computer in a matter of seconds.


    Using radio frequency or microwave technology for breast cancer detection has been proven by researchers in the US, Canada and UK. However, up to now, it can take a few minutes for an image to be produced, and this had to be done in a hospital or specialist care centre.


    Now Professor Wu says concerned patients can receive real-time video images in using the radio frequency scanner which would clearly and simply show the presence of a tumour.


    Breast cancer is the second biggest killer in women, accounting for 8.2 per cent of all cancer deaths. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.