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Copper as diagnostic marker of cancers
Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice volume 13, Article number: A7 (2015)
The study was conducted to determine if serum copper level could be a useful marker for selection for control examinations and if serum copper level is a risk factor in developing cancer.
Copper was quantitatively measured in diluted serum samples by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) using mass spectrometer (Elan DRC-e, PerkinElmer) in standard mode. In our study, there were two independent groups of patients examined. In the first, retrospective model, there were patients diagnosed with prostate cancer (n = 166) and laryngeal cancer (n = 123) matched with healthy controls. This study showed that serum copper level above 1250 µg/l may be a useful marker for laryngeal examination, but is not a useful marker for prostate cancer early detection. In the second, prospective model, there were patents diagnosed with breast cancer (n = 42) matched with unaffected controls. Serum from breast cancer patients was collected 3 - 41 months before cancer diagnosis. This part of study showed that there is a tendency that breast cancer risk is about two times lower when copper serum level is in range between 1035 - 1311 µg/l. Further investigations are needed.
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Muszyńska, M., Marciniak, W., Jaworska-Bieniek, K. et al. Copper as diagnostic marker of cancers. Hered Cancer Clin Pract 13, A7 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/1897-4287-13-S2-A7
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Breast Cancer Patient
- Breast Cancer Risk
- Inductively Couple Plasma Mass Spectrometry