Kentucky fire department first in state to offer special cancer screening test

  • Source: WKYT-TV CBS/CW 27 Lexington
  • Published: 05/05/2023 12:00 AM

The Georgetown Fire Department is now the first in Kentucky to offer a specific type of cancer screening test to its firefighters. It’s called the Galleri test and it can detect more than 50 types of cancer, even in the earliest stages. “We always want to try to figure out ways that we can take care of our members,” said Chief Tim Thompson, Georgetown Fire Department. The partnership for the tests is with Grail, LLC which created the multi-cancer early detection test. Chief Thompson says he’s excited about what it can do for the men and women in the department. “The test is a simple blood draw. They’ll come take blood from us and send it off. What it does is it actually detects DNA breakdown if there’s cancer in the body,” said Chief Thompson. Chief Thompson says if a cancer signal is found in the blood, the Galleri test can pinpoint, with a high level of accuracy, the source of the signal in the body.


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