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Modi Govt. to set up cancer centres in coal mining areas

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Piyush_Goyal_January_2015Kolkata: With the central government setting up cancer centres in coal mining areas, union Coal and Power Minister, Piyush Goyal on Friday, sought assistance of the Tata Medical Center (TMC) in establishing the medical facilities.

“I invite and request Mammen Chandy (TMC Kolkata director) and other colleagues, trustees of the hospital to consider helping us in setting up these centres. I invite Chandy to partner with Coal India Limited to help set up these centres,” Goyal said here.

The minister inaugurated ‘Premashraya’ — a residential facility for underprivileged cancer patients at TMC here.

Goyal said the centres will come up in Jharkhand, Chhattishgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Maharashtra and will be subsequently extended to the western parts of the country.

“Certainly, we are not doing any help to the people living in the mining areas… we can at least make sure we don’t allow them to suffer the consequences of large scale mining in these areas,” he said.

The minister also proposed the use of mobile mammography units for breast cancer screening in the mining areas. (IANS)

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GRAIL Announces Significant Progress on Blood Tests to Detect Cancer

Grail's new results are from 2,300 people

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GRAIL, Blood Tests, Detect, Cancer
FILE A patient has her blood drawn at a hospital in Philadelphia to monitor her cancer treatment. VOA

A California company says its experimental blood test was able to detect many types of cancer at an early stage and gave very few false alarms in a study that included people with and without the disease.

Many companies are trying to develop early detection “liquid biopsy” tests that capture bits of DNA that cancer cells shed into blood.

GRAIL, Blood Tests, Detect, Cancer
A California company says its experimental blood test was able to detect many types of cancer at an early stage. VOA

Grail’s new results are from 2,300 people. The test detected 55% of known cancers and gave false alarms for 1%. It also accurately suggested where the cancer may be about 90% of the time.

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The company gave results in news release Friday and will report them Saturday at a conference in Chicago. They have not been published or reviewed by other scientists. (VOA)