Opinion: New ways to detect cancer early will help pave the way for precision health

Smart toilets and other home devices, along with MagWIRES, minicircles, and other new approaches could be used to prevent cancer and other diseases, or identify them early when they are…

Precision medicine aims to carefully target cancer and other diseases with the right drug at the right time for the right patient (a mantra that is getting a bit old). It’s a worthwhile goal, but it spends a lot of health care time, energy, and money on the tail end of disease.

I believe we should be more aggressively pursuing precision health: ways to prevent disease and, when that isn’t possible, intercept and treat it earlier.

My colleagues and I at Stanford

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