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New Study Finds That Simple Blood Test Helps With Cancer Screening

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Here's today's feel-good story:

A simple blood test can spot multiple types of cancer in patients before they develop symptoms, doctors told UK health services.

Over 6,600 adults aged 50 and over took part in The Pathfinder study and detected dozens of new cases. Many of the cancers were at an early stage and nearly 3/4 were types that are not routinely screened for.

The test looks for cancer DNA in the blood so that patients and their doctors can guide investigations and treatments.

“I think what’s exciting about this new paradigm and concept is that many of these were cancers for which we do not have any standard screening,” Dr Deb Schrag, a senior researcher on the study at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, told the European Society for Medical Oncology.

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