The BBC has recently reported on UK trials of a new blood test aiming to detect signs of cancer at an early stage.

When cancer is detected early in its development, the patient is likely to have a greater chance of survival. There may also be a wider range of treatment options available to them.

Organisers of the trial are hoping to recruit 140,000 people across England for participation in the testing which involves initial blood tests with a follow-up one year and two years later.

The new test, named the ‘Galleri test’, works by identifying chemical changes in the bloodstream and it is hoped that it will facilitate treatment to improve 5-year survival rates in several different types of cancer.

One of the test’s lead investigators has commented that ‘the test could be a game-changer for early cancer detection.’

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