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A new test that can detect unborn babies for a rare form of eye cancer is set to be rolled out across the health service in the UK.
It can identify genetic mutations linked to retinoblastoma, a type of cancer which usually affects children under five and if left untreated can lead to sight loss and death.
The tests will be offered to pregnant women with a family history of the disease and are able to predict with almost 100% accuracy whether the baby would develop this cancer – and even whether the disease might develop in their siblings.
NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the test had the potential to save hundreds of lives.
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