The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is set to run a simple blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer.
The Galleri blood test was developed by the California health care company Grail.
NHS England hopes the blood test will be particularly helpful in identifying cancers that are currently difficult to diagnose and treat early.
According to the press release, the pilot program, which will start in mid-2021, will involve 165,000 people, including 140,000 between the ages of 50 and 79 who will have no symptoms but will undergo annual blood tests for three years.
The remaining 25,000 participants are people with possible cancer symptoms who will receive the blood test to speed up their diagnosis after being referred to the hospital in the normal way.
The results are expected in 2023, after which it is hoped that one million people will be able to receive the test by 2025.