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We welcome four group leaders from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre who focus on the challenge of detecting cancer earlier.

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Cancer that is diagnosed at an early stage (stage 1 or 2), before it has had the chance to get too big or has spread to other areas of the body is more likely to be treated successfully. If the cancer is late stage (stage 3 or 4) and has spread into surrounding tissue or to other organs then it is more difficult to treat and the chances of survival are much lower. Significant progress during the past 40 years has transformed the prospects of people diagnosed with cancer in the UK, with survival doubling since the 1970s.

However, further improvements are still greatly needed, and teams of researchers in Cambridge are looking into numerous ways of finding, and successfully treating, cancer earlier. At this talk we welcome four group leaders from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre Early Detection Programme whose research groups are all focused on the challenges of earlier cancer detection and diagnosis. Dr Charlie Massie will start the talk by explaining how cancer might be detected with a simple test that analyses the DNA fragments circulating in our blood, following this Dr Jamie Blundell will focus on using blood samples taken over a long period of time to try to predict what lesions might progress to cancer. Dr Daniel Muñoz Espín will then discuss how early lesions detected may be successfully treated, and Dr Harveer Dev will talk about treatment stratification - how different treatments are used for different patients.

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