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White paper on multi-cancer early detection
Prevent Cancer Foundation
August 31, 2021

Multi-Cancer Early Detection Tests 101

Anne Marie Lennon, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

This primer will give viewers the background necessary to understand the components of multi-cancer early detection tests and the opportunities to enhance access to screening, reduce delays in diagnosis, and improve early detection and diagnosis.

Presented at the 2021 Prevent Cancer Advocacy Workshop: A Patient-Centered Approach to Multi-Cancer Early Detection Testing

The 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation Advocacy Workshop was a forum for patients, providers, advocacy organizations and other stakeholders to engage in a dialogue around emerging technology in cancer prevention and control with a focus on multi-cancer early detection screening tests.


Panel on Frontiers in Cancer Screening

This panel was originally presented on June 2, 2021, as part of the 2021 Prevent Cancer Dialogue: Screening. Prevention. Action. Three distinguished researchers from medicine, biostatistics and economics share their work in the field of blood-based cancer screening, examining current challenges and opportunities in the field:

Moderator: Richard C. Wender, MD, Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

“A Sequence of Trials for the Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer”

Steven J. Skates, PhD, Associate in Biostatistics (Medicine) in the Cancer Center, Mass General Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“Now That We Can Walk, Are We Ready to Run? From Single-Cancer to Multi-Cancer Early Detection”

Ruth Etzioni, PhD, Professor of Public Health Sciences Division and Rosalie and Harold Rea Brown Endowed Chair, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

“Health Economics of Multi-Cancer Blood Testing”

Sue Horton, PhD, CIGI Chair of Global Health Economics and Professor of Economics, University of Waterloo

From the 2021 Prevent Cancer Dialogue

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