The BBC has reported on the latest research into a new blood test which, it is hoped, will be able to detect a wide range of cancers at an early stage.

In recent tests, researchers found that over 90% of the tests carried out accurately identified the type of cancer being experienced by the participant.

Clinical trials are now being undertaken.

Although the test currently appears more successful in identifying established cancers, Dr Crosby, of Cancer Research UK, is quoted as saying, “if the test can be fine-tuned to be more efficient at catching cancers in their earliest stages, it could become a tool for early detection.”

The research is being undertaken by scientists from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in collaboration with the UK’s Francis Crick Institute and University College London.

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