Early Diagnosis, Detection and Stratified Prevention

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Professor Rosalind Eeles, a white woman with short red hair. She is smiling while standing in her lab.
Professor Rosalind Eeles, Theme Lead for Early Diagnosis, Detection and Stratified Prevention

Theme overview

Identifying people at higher risk of cancer who will benefit most from targeted cancer prevention interventions and check-ups for cancer.

When cancer is diagnosed at a late stage, it can be more difficult to treat.

Currently, the process for screening and early diagnosis lacks ways to identify individuals who may be more at risk of cancer. 

Theme aims

We aim to:

  • Improve the identification of populations that are at higher risk of cancer
  • Develop novel detection technologies to detect cancer earlier
  • Demonstrate that risk-based early diagnosis reduces the risk of overdiagnosis 

Theme Lead

Professor Rosalind Eeles (pictured above) is a Professor of Oncogenetics at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and a Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Cancer Genetics at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.  

Professor Eeles’ specialism is rooted in the link between genetics and cancer, and she has a particular interest in prostate cancer. Her work has led to ground-breaking genetics tests that help identify people at the greatest risk of prostate cancer.