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Early Screening By Blood Tests Can Identify Future Occurrences Of Cancer

Early screening by blood tests can identify future occurrences of cancer

Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men in the U.S., and early screening by blood test can identify potentially life-threatening disease—but the current biopsy procedures that follow positive blood tests can also lead to frequent overtreatment. A new study led by Yale SOM’s Arthur J. Swersey, using decision analysis techniques, finds that increasing the number of biopsy needles and using probability modeling to analyze the results can help prevent unnecessary treatment while identifying dangerous cancers.

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