The Weekly: Experimental blood test, RBG and more

Published on July 24, 2020

The Weekly

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Experimental Blood Test Detects Cancer up to Four Years before Symptoms Appear

TUESDAY, July 21 (Scientific American)—For years scientists have sought to create the ultimate cancer-screening test—one that can reliably detect a malignancy early, before tumor cells spread and when treatments are more effective. A new method reported today in Nature Communications brings researchers a step closer to that goal. By using a blood test, the international team was able to diagnose cancer long before symptoms appeared in nearly all the people it tested who went on to develop cancer.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces cancer recurrence, will remain on the Supreme Court
July 17, CNN

Your Health Matters: Leading cause of cancer fatalities in Hispanics may be attributed to culture
July 22, NBC News Channel 8

Florida news reporter diagnosed with cancer after viewer spotted lump on air
July 24, USA Today

Google claims its AI system can grade prostate cancer samples with 72% accuracy
July 23, Venture Beat


Foundation News

Cancer screening in the time of COVID-19: Prevent Cancer Foundation’s ‘Back on the Books’ campaign

FRIDAY, July 17 (—In a recent Op-Ed, Pacific Research Institute President, Sally Pipes asked–Will COVID-19 launch an epidemic of cancer as the pandemic stay-at-home orders have caused patients to put off routine cancer screening.

Mammogram and colonoscopy rates fell between 86 percent and 94 percent in March.

One study estimates that during the past three months, more than 80,000 cancer cases have gone undiagnosed.

The non-profit, Prevent Cancer Foundation recently announced the “Back on the Books” initiative to get Americans back to scheduling medical appointments like physicals and routine cancer screenings.

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