Phoenix first responders get new blood test that screens for 50 types of cancers

  • Source: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV Phoenix (
  • Published: 10/13/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Phoenix first responders are some of the first in the country to get a brand-new type of cancer screening, and it's as easy as a blood test. The Galleri test is a game changer that screens for 50 different types of cancers at the same time and can find them in early stages. At Vincere Cancer Center in Scottsdale, firefighters and police officers were eager to get the major health check on Tuesday. "On my way over here I was telling folks, 'I don't want to know. I don't want to know.' But ultimately, down deep inside, you do want to know," said Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Steve Martos. Three years ago, Phoenix offered a month of free cancer screenings to first responders. Now the city has budgeted money for them to take this new test, which can look at DNA in the blood and determine whether it came from cancer cells. It's much quicker and less invasive than traditional cancer screening methods like mammograms and colonoscopies.


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