Breast Cancer and screening blood test

Can you detect breast cancer in a blood test?

When a tumour grows in the body some of its cells can break off and enter the bloodstream. These cells are called Circulating Tumour Cells (CTCs).

The Trucheck Breast Cancer screening blood test uses a ‘normal’ blood test taken by your doctor at the clinic. It goes to the specialist laboratory in Surrey where it is examined looking for CTCs. Even a few CTCs in the bloodstream can indicate cancer.

A breakthrough study published last year showed the blood test actually performed better than mammogram screening to detect cancers. The blood test found 92% of breast cancer, this was more than able to be detected by normal mammogram screening. We know in real life no test is perfect and there is a small chance of a false alarm.

The blood test has also shown promising results compared to the GRAIL’s Galleri and CancerSEEK blood tests which only had a sensitivity to detect around 30% of breast cancer cases.

Crucially the blood test can detect early cancers in stage 1 before there has been any spread to the lymph nodes or elsewhere in the body, and before any lump appears.

1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosing cancer earlier when treatment is easier and more successful is crucial.

This month we are offering the Trucheck Breast Cancer screening blood test for £550 including all your pre-test consultation, post-test follow-up and laboratory fees. If you have any questions then please get in touch.

Dr Lucy Hooper, co-founder Coyne Medical