GETTYThe test was 90 per cent successful in tests
It has been labelled “the holy grail” of cancer research and could lead to doctors being able to offer universal screening.
The breakthrough is expected to be officially announced at the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago this week.
Professor Nicolas Turner or London’s Institute of Cancer Research said he was "excited" and the research could reduce diagnosis times.
He said: “Many cancers are picked up too late.iPhone transfer software
The blood test looks for fragments of DNA that have been released into the blood by quickly developing cancer cells.
In the research stage, it achieved up to 90 per cent accuracy in tests.
The test can detect lung, head and neck, lymphoma,