Multicancer screening blood test trialled in women

26 tumours were picked up in nearly 10,000 tests

A multicancer blood test appears to have met its initial goal of being an effective addition to standard screening for cancer, in a study of nearly 10,000 women.

phlebotomist holding vial of blood

The new tool, a multi-analyte blood test called DETECT-A, relies on DNA and protein biomarkers, Dr Kenneth Kinzler of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, US, and colleagues explain in Science.

To evaluate the test, the team restricted the study to women aged 65-75 years with no personal history of cancer and with a high