Now doctors use symptoms and a raft of tests and biopsies to determine if cancer is present which can sometimes take months. Matt Trau, one of the researchers, said that it was hard to find a "simple marker" that could differentiate between cancer cells and healthy cells.
Now researchers have discovered that patterns of molecules attached to DNA, which control which genes are switched on and off, look different on cancer cells.
The test was developed after researchers from the University of Queensland found that cancer forms a unique DNA structure when placed in water.
He said: "Virtually every piece of cancerous DNA we examined had this highly predictable pattern".
CNN noted the test is yet to be used on humans. A universal cancer test would not be precise enough to pinpoint the location or size of a tumour, but would give doctors a swift answer to the question: does this patient have cancer?
It spots tiny amounts of DNA floating through vessels that could only have come from tumors and not from healthy cells.
Our test also uses circulating cancer DNA but involves a different detection method. We have not yet tested other cancers, but because the methylation pattern is similar across all cancers it is likely the DNA will respond in the same way.
The discovery of a unique DNA signature common to multiple cancers could one day revolutionise the way we diagnose cancer, particularly in its early stages, Australian researchers say.
Abu Sina, Research Fellow, The University of Queensland; Laura G. Carrascosa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, and Matt Trau, Professor, The University of Queensland.
So the researchers focused on DNA that circulates in the bloodstream after cancer cells die and release their cargo.
Tests in the lab showed that the scientists could distinguish normal DNA from cancer DNA by looking for a colour change in the gold particle solution that was visible to the naked eye within a few minutes.
Trau said: "This happens in one drop of fluid".
The test is offering new hope that all types of the disease can be spotted early when treatment is the most effective, the newspaper said. So far we have tested more than 200 tissue and blood samples, with 90 percent accuracy.
Mr Trau of Queensland University acknowledged yesterday that "we certainly don't know yet whether it's the holy grail for all cancer diagnostics".
"We certainly don't know yet whether it's the holy grail for all cancer diagnostics, but it looks really interesting as an incredibly simple universal marker of cancer, and as an accessible and cheap technology that doesn't require complicated lab-based equipment like DNA sequencing", Trau said in the press release.
Josh McDaniels leaves door open for head coaching gig
Moss, a former National Football League linebacker, worked with McCarthy in New Orleans, when both were assistant coaches. Asked what he's looking for over the final four games, Philbin said he wants his team to "play the game the right way".
Rahm strolls to Challenge win in Bahamas
Spaniard Rahm was disappointed not to have the sole lead after a birdie putt at the last failed to drop. Ahead of the tournament, Finau, like so many before him, spoke of how he idolised Woods growing up.
America's Next Top Model star dies at 34
America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss has passed away from cancer at the age of 34, according to TMZ . With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the "few months" doctors said I could make it.
The XFL is back, and a team is headed to Seattle
McMahon said there is a long term financial commitment to the XFL, and that the game play will be innovative and exciting. Also, the league said tickets will have an "affordable price" but the ticket price range was not announced.
Huawei Nova 4 Launch Date Confirmed
Huawei Nove 4 is expected to run the Kirin 980 processor, that has been seen on Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Honor Magic 2. The phone is also rumoured to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor and a triple camera setup on the back.
Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 855
Previous rumors suggested that the new chip would not be called the Snapdragon 8150 , and this is now confirmed to be true. Android smartphones look set for a major boost in 2019 with Qualcomm revealing its all-new Snapdragon 855 processor.
Mbappé Names One Player Who We Wants At PSG
The Ballon d'Or is the prize every top footballer hopes to win 1 day - the title of the best footballer in the world. Despite being just 19 years old, the Frenchman has enjoyed a huge amount of success in his young career.
Italy's 'Ndrangheta mafia hit by huge global sweep
Eurojust, the European Union agency that coordinates cross-border crime fighting, announced the raids in a statement . Ndrangheta is a mafia organisation from the south of Italy which has extended its influence to many other countries.