Toshiba has announced a new machine that can detect the presence of 13 types of cancer using a single drop of blood. It can do this in two hours and for only $180 with 99 percent accuracy. Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

Doctors take several approaches to diagnose cancer. Some early signs of cancer include lumps, sores that do not heal, abnormal bleeding, persistent indigestion and chronic cough. We screen for some cancers, such as the recommended colonoscopies for colon cancer and mammography for breast cancer.

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