EpiFemCare aims to uncover new methods for screening, diagnosing and personalising treatment of breast and ovarian cancers. The project will use cutting edge technologies from the field of epigenetics to develop blood tests.
These tests will enable :
Screening and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer
Diagnosis of ovarian cancers through discrimination of benign and cancerous growths within the pelvis; and
Personalised care through monitoring the efficacy of treatment and determining the right drug regimen for each woman
With these blood tests in place, the team running the EpiFemCare project has estimated that 50% fewer women will receive a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer when that cancer is already advanced, 50% fewer women will receive unnecessary long-term treatment for residual disease, and the rate of female cancer related fatalities and treatment-related illness will be reduced by 20% per year.