Simple blood test that could spot deadly lung cancer is saving lives by detecting disease years before symptoms show

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Published

02 Mar 2020

Author

Sheron Boyle for The Daily Mail

"Taking on a vigorous hill walk with her husband, or playing with her two lively grandchildren, Rebecca Allison had never felt better.

The birth of Nathan, now eight, and Caitlin, six, had given Rebecca — a smoker for more than 50 years — the incentive she needed to quit her 30-a-day habit four years ago. She felt so well that when her GP asked her if she’d like to take a revolutionary blood test that could detect lung cancer years before symptoms appear, she didn’t think twice.

But two days later, the mother-of-two was called to say she had the disease. ‘I was shocked,’ says Rebecca, 69, who lives in Glasgow ‘After sharing a few tears with my husband, Ben, we decided not to tell our kids until we needed to. I vowed to take life one day at a time.’"

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