New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)

The value of early detection

- Dr. Michael Roizen Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Shortly after “Spider-Man: No Way Home” opened, Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and director Jon Watts snuck into a screening of the film. “I just watched with my baseball cap and mask on,” said Garfield. Unfortunat­ely, most folks don’t get to their important screenings at all.

That’s the finding of a University of Chicago analysis. The researcher­s acknowledg­e that while many cancers don’t have screenings available, many folks don’t take advantage of what is. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 69% of Americans age 50 to 79 are up-to-date on colon cancer screenings. Similarly, only 69% of women 40plus have had a mammogram in the past two years. The other available — and underused — cancer screenings are HPV and Pap tests for cervical cancer, low-dose CT scans for folks at high risk for lung cancer, and PSA tests for prostate cancer. That all contribute­s to the fact that only one in seven cancers is caught through screening.

One potential solution: a blood test that identifies multiple cancers. In 2021, researcher­s found that a multi-cancer early cancer detection blood test called Galleri can spot more than 50 types. For the 12 cancers that cause around two-thirds of all U.S. cancers deaths, “Galleri finds about 40% of stage I cancers, 67% of stage II cancers, 80% of stage III cancers and 95% of stage IV cancers,” says the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Eric Klein. Although it needs to be shown that this test saves lives and it isn’t yet Food and Drug Administra­tion approved, stay tuned to your favorite screen for breaking news.

Health pioneer Michael Roizen, M.D., is chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic and author of four No. 1 New York Times bestseller­s. His next book is “The Great Age Reboot: Cracking the Longevity Code for a Younger Tomorrow.” Do you have a topic Dr. Mike should cover in a future column? If so, please email questions@ GreatAgeRe­

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