Phoenix (AZ) first responders are some of the first in the country to get the Galleri test—a new type of cancer screening that’s as simple as a blood test, reports azfamily.com.
At the Vincere Cancer Center in Scottsdale, the test screens for 50 different types of cancer, the report says, and firefighters have been eager to get checked.
Three years ago, the city of Phoenix offered a month of free cancer screenings to first responders, the report says, and now it has budgeted funds for the Galleri test.
The test looks at DNA in the blood to determine whether it came from cancer cells, according to the report. It’s aimed to be quicker and less invasive than other screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
The test is more than 99% accurate in determining cancer type and about 90% accurate in figuring out where it started, the report says. Results come back within 7-10 days.
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