|OncoCyte Reports Successful Completion of Follow on Breast Cancer Diagnostic Study|
OncoCyte’s breast cancer diagnostic is a blood test being designed as an adjunct to mammography that will help physicians to avoid unnecessary breast biopsies. The Company believes that its test can significantly reduce the number of avoidable biopsies, with substantial savings to the healthcare system.
“Submission of the abstract is a significant achievement in the development program of our breast cancer diagnostic and we look forward to sharing the results later in the year,” said
The NICE-BC study used a larger number of samples from a broader population than the earlier study presented at SABCS. That earlier study included a report on a 100 sample novel panel of serum protein biomarkers designed to allow for the non-invasive and sensitive detection of breast cancer in BI-RADS category 4 patients. As reported at SABCS, the 15-marker model resulted in an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.92 with a sensitivity of 90% and specificity of 76%. Thus, OncoCyte’s novel panel of serum protein biomarkers may become the foundation of a highly accurate non-invasive breast cancer diagnostic test.
The AUC of a test is a measure that combines sensitivity and specificity to express its total accuracy, with 1.0 being perfect accuracy and 0.50 being a random result. Sensitivity and specificity are statistical measures of test performance, with sensitivity measuring the percentage of malignant lumps or masses that are identified correctly by the test and specificity measuring the percentage of benign lumps or masses correctly identified.
Of the approximately 39 million women in
About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among U.S. women. Current screening guidelines set forth by the
While current biopsy tests use invasive surgical procedures to provide tissue samples in order to determine if a tumor is benign or malignant,
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