scientist holding early cancer detection blood tests

The importance of
early cancer detection

It was clear that to make a real dent in ending cancer, we needed to improve the entire concept of early detection. That was our motivation to start Freenome.”

Riley Ennis | Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

The importance of early detection

Every day, cancer claims nearly 2,000 lives in the United States alone.1

While there is no simple solution to curing cancer, we do know this: When we catch cancer early, we have a greater chance of beating it — 90% of the time in the case of colorectal cancer, for example.2

There are current screening options that do save lives, such as colonoscopies for colorectal cancer and mammograms for breast cancer. But even with these options available, the cancer death rate alone tells us that not everyone gets screened in time.

Survival rates by cancer type, localized versus metastatic3

cancer survival rate chart

Our approach:
Earlier detection, accessible screening

Freenome believes cancer can be solved in our lifetimes by detecting it in its earliest, most treatable stages. That’s why we’re developing accessible blood tests to help everyone get the cancer screenings they need.

Our blood tests are being built using our multiomics platform to detect the body’s earliest warning signs by looking at tumor and non-tumor-derived signals.

Learn more about our early cancer detection blood tests Learn more about our multiomics platform
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Detect cancer earlier by taking a standard blood test

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Increase screening adherence by making screening more accessible

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Improve survival rates by detecting cancer earlier


  1. American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures, 2020.
  2. Based on five-year survival rate when colorectal cancer is diagnosed at local stage. SEER*Explorer Surveillance Research Program, National Cancer Institute. [Cited 2022 Sept 14]
  3. SEER*Explorer Surveillance Research Program, National Cancer Institute. [Cited 2022 Sept 14]