Fingernail test can detect cancer
A DEVICE with the potential to detect cancers and Alzheimer's disease years before any other modern means has been discovered by a former Tweed Heads professor.
The Fiber Diffraction Diagnosis (FDD) can unveil cancers, including breast and prostate cancer and melanomas, in a cost-effective, non-invasive procedure by simply studying X-rays of a person's fingernail clippings or skin.
Adjunct Professor Veronica James showed off the life-saving discovery on ABC-TV's New Inventors last week.
But ‘invention' is not the word the 70-year-old would use to describe the FDD. “It feels like more of serendipitous discovery to me,” Prof James said. “It can't cure, but it will enable the diagnosis of the disease early enough for successful treatment.”
Prof James has conducted tests on more than 4500 samples, with not one returning a false negative reading.
Analysis of certain patterns in fingernail clippings show breast and colon cancer and Alzheimer's disease, while skin samples can show the presence of prostate cancer and melanomas.
The OAM recipient is currently working on ways to show if prostate cancers detected were high or low range cases.
The FDD impressed the panel of judges on The New Inventors.
It won invention of the night and picked up the people's choice award the week after.