We all know that the earlier a cancer is diagnosed, the better chance a person has of being treated successfully. That’s why the Galleri blood test is so promising. Research in England and Wales is investigating this new blood test, which could diagnose cancer at an early stage. An earlier version has been looked at in America, but the NHS is trialling their own version this autumn and requires people to take part. Can you volunteer to take part in the cancer blood test? Express.co.uk reveals everything you need to know, according to Cancer Research UK.
The SYMPLIFY study is a study looking at the Galleri test to see if a blood test can pick up early stages of cancer.
The cells in our body release DNA and there are differences between the DNA of healthy cells and cancerous cells.
The Galleri blood test looks for abnormal DNA in the blood by picking up on these differences.
Essentially, your blood is tested to look for signs that you could have cancer.
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How to volunteer for cancer blood test
Taking part in the Galleri test will be nerve-wracking as the results aren’t perfect and may be wrong, but you could be helping others if the test successfully picks up cancers early.
You cannot volunteer to take part in the study – people will be invited to take part.
The trial will use NHS records to search for people in England aged between 50 and 77 who have NOT been diagnosed with cancer or treated for cancer in the last three years.
Around 140,000 people will be invited by letter to join the study, which will last two years.
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If you have symptoms of cancer, you shouldn’t wait to potentially be called up for the Galleri test or next breast, bowel or cervical screening.
Contact your doctor if you spot something abnormal or have any signs and symptoms of cancer.
While cancer symptoms vary from type to type, the general symptoms include:
- Unexplained pain or ache
- Very heavy night sweats
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unusual lump or swelling anywhere
- Sores that won’t heal
- New mole or changes to mole
- Other skin changes
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unusual heartburn or indigestion
- Appetite loss
- Croaky voice or hoarseness
- Persistent cough
- Changes in poo or wee
- Unexplained bleeding or blood
- Mouth ulcer
- Persistent bloating
- Unusual breast changes
If your GP is concerned, you may be referred to a specialist or have more tests.