Thousands of people are being invited to help the NHS trial new cancer test

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Liverpool, South Sefton and Knowsley will be the latest areas in Cheshire and Merseyside to take part in the world’s largest trial of a revolutionary new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.

People aged 50-77 are being asked to look out for a letter from the NHS over the next several weeks inviting them to volunteer for the trial.

Participants, who must not have had a cancer diagnosis or treatment in the last three years, will have a small blood sample taken at a mobile clinic during January or February. They will be invited back after 12 months and again at 24 months to give further blood samples.

The potentially lifesaving Galleri test checks for the earliest signs of cancer in the blood and the NHS-Galleri trial, the first of its kind, aims to recruit 140,000 volunteers nationally, including thousands across Cheshire & Merseyside, to see how well the test works in the NHS. The trial team is inviting people from a wide range of backgrounds and ethnicities to ensure results are relevant for as many different people as possible.

Cheshire & Merseyside Cancer Alliance (CMCA) is helping to ensure that participants who test positive in this region get the necessary follow-up appointments.

CMCA Medical Director Dr Chris Warburton said: “If you receive a letter, do please consider volunteering as soon as you can to get an appointment while the clinics are based near you.

“Most of us are now aware of the benefits of finding cancer earlier when it is easier to treat. By taking part in this trial, people in Liverpool, South Sefton and Knowsley will be at the forefront of developing a test that has the potential to save lives from cancer in England and around the world.

“Registering for the trial is easy – just look out for the letter which will show you how to book an appointment online or over the phone.”

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