Grail, a healthcare company, issued a press release that they developed a new blood test that may offer an earlier diagnosis of mesothelioma.
The Galleri blood test can detect over 50 types of cancer from a blood sample. It was very effective when used during a study of 3,500 patients at the Cleveland Clinic. While no mesothelioma patients participated in the study, researchers state that it is accurate when tested on other rare cancers.
Mesothelioma may take years to develop
Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive cancer that typically develops in the lining of the lungs. However, mesothelioma can also develop in the lining of the abdomen or heart. The average latency period for mesothelioma is 20-50 years, meaning it can take decades for symptoms to appear.
This long latency period makes mesothelioma challenging to diagnose in its early stages. By the time symptoms appear, cancer has often progressed to an advanced stage. Early detection of mesothelioma is crucial. The earlier the disease is caught, the more likely treatment will be successful.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, you must see your doctor for regular checkups. Another way to detect mesothelioma early is through imaging tests. If you have any symptoms of mesothelioma, your doctor may order an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to take a closer look at your lungs.
Unfortunately, for most people, by the time the cancer is discovered, it has reached advanced stages. That’s why researchers are excited about the Galleri blood test. They know that early detection offers the best chance for a positive outcome.