Melanoma diagnosis in hours with new test

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Patients will find out if they have melanoma in just six hours - instead of up to three weeks - using a new Australian blood test.

The "liquid biopsy" blood test, to be launched on Friday at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute in Melbourne, will speed up the usual diagnosis time and prove potentially lifesaving for people with advanced skin cancer.

A regular surgical biopsy can take two to three weeks to deliver results but with the quicker blood test patients can be treated sooner with more targeted medications.

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