(WXYZ) - It could be the next big breakthrough in the battle against cancer.
Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a blood test that could improve early detection of breast and lung cancer.
The test works by detecting increased enzyme activity in the body. Researchers say when enzymes from blood or urine are mixed with certain amino acids along with a dye, cancers produce a certain pattern.
Researchers behind the study say they can detect symptoms while the cancer is still in stage 0 or 1. Typically, breast and lung cancer are not diagnosed until stage 2.
Scientists say the test has a success rate of 95 percent, with results showing up in about an hour. Researchers say the test can also monitor a cancer therapy's effectiveness.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 40,000 people will die from breast cancer in the U.S. in 2012. That number is about 160,000 for those battling lung cancer.