The trial will recruit 140,000 volunteers aged between 50 and 77 in eight areas of England, who will be asked to give blood samples at mobile testing clinics.
A potentially life-saving blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer will be offered to NHS patients from today, as part of the world’s largest trial.
Patients in Cumbria, Greater Manchester, the North East, West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England, Cheshire, Merseyside, Kent, Medway and southeast London, will receive letters inviting them to take part in the trial.
If results of the trial are deemed successful, the blood test will be offered to millions more patients as from 2024.
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