Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer? 

Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer? 

This question was addressed in a recent NEJM article which investigated if checking for the Epstein-Barr virus (EBM) in plasma samples would be a useful screening test for nasopharyngeal carcinoma in patients with no symptoms of the disease. 

To understand how this prospective study was conducted and learn about the results, read the article or watch the NEJM’s quick take video:

 
Check out additional articles on genetics research in Dr. Charles Macri’s online Genetics Journal Club.
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