Mayo to take part in breast cancer blood test study

Mayo Clinic Health System Chosen for...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A local hospital will be taking part in a new study that could lead to a breakthrough in breast cancer detection.

Mayo Clinic Health System is teaming up with a life sciences company GRAIL to conduct research on a possible blood test for cancer.

Researchers will look at blood samples from 120,000 women across the country to see if tumor cells can be detected in the blood stream.

Officials say if the test proves to be successful, it could be a game-changer in detecting cancers of all types and could save lives.

"Really, the key to treatment is to have early detection, see that as early as possible before the tumor gets too serious, so that we can treat it when it's easier to treat," said Carolyn Flock of Mayo Clinic Health System. "So advances in detection like this to kind of partner with imaging progress is just amazing."

Mayo is hoping to enroll 6,000 women in the La Crosse area in the study.

Those who have a mammogram scheduled over the next 15 months will be asked if they want to take part.

Mayo hopes to begin collecting blood samples next week.

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