NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Lucid Diagnostics Inc. (Nasdaq: LUCD) ("Lucid Diagnostics" or "Lucid"), a commercial-stage cancer prevention diagnostics company and a majority-owned subsidiary of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM, PAVMZ), today announced the successful completion of its first #CheckYourFoodTube Precancer Testing Event, in partnership with Rachelle Hamblin, M.D., M.P.H., and the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD), to detect esophageal precancer in at-risk members of the department.
The SAFD testing event was held over two weekends in January, which has been designated as Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). A total of 391 members, nearly one-quarter of the department, who were deemed by Dr. Hamblin to be at-risk for esophageal precancer, underwent a brief, on-site, noninvasive cell collection procedure, performed by Lucid clinical personnel using its EsoCheck® Esophageal Cell Collection Device. The samples were sent to LucidDx Labs Inc., Lucid's dedicated CLIA-certified, CAP-approved molecular diagnostic laboratory in Lake Forest, California, where the EsoGuard® Esophageal DNA Test ("EsoGuard") was performed. EsoGuard is the first and only commercially available diagnostic test capable of serving as a widespread tool to prevent cancer and cancer deaths through early detection of esophageal precancer in at-risk individuals, consistent with recently updated recommendations from both leading gastroenterology societies. Firefighters with suspected esophageal precancer based on a positive EsoGuard result have been identified, including some less than forty years of age, and will undergo appropriate monitoring and treatment, as indicated by clinical practice guidelines, to prevent progression to esophageal cancer.
"This is personal. This is our SAFD family, and we want to do everything we can to prevent cancer, the number one killer of firefighters," said Dr. Hamblin. "When introduced to Lucid, we were very impressed with not only the science and precision of EsoGuard but, more importantly, its ability to detect precancerous changes in our firefighters early, which means saving lives. These cancer prevention events were an idea dreamed of by our firefighters and now made a reality. We are so grateful to the Lucid team for working tirelessly with us to make extinguishing firefighter cancer a priority. Thank you again Lucid Diagnostics for your unwavering dedication to helping educate our firefighters and prevent esophageal cancers."
"We applaud the SAFD and Dr. Hamblin for their commitment to the health and safety of first responders who risk their lives to serve their community, and for partnering with us on our highly successful first #CheckYourFoodTube Precancer Testing Event," said Lishan Aklog, M.D., Lucid's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These events, which we look to expand across the country, are an extension of our recently introduced and rapidly expanding satellite Lucid Test Center (sLTC) program, which brings our groundbreaking precancer testing directly to patients—at their physician's office and now at large testing day events. This first event exceeded all expectations in terms of the number of participants and its logistical efficiency. It tested our capacity, both for on-site cell collection and the performance of the EsoGuard test in our laboratory, and the team delivered in spectacular fashion. We demonstrated that our nurse practitioners can each perform up to fifty EsoCheck procedures in a day, doubling the previous bar. Our laboratory team handled over two hundred incoming samples in a day, triple the previous record, while maintaining turnaround times at target. These successes provide an excellent foundation for future testing events as we continue to drive EsoGuard commercialization using all the tools at our disposal."
At least thirty million at-risk individuals with gastroesophageal disease (GERD), also known as chronic heartburn, are recommended for esophageal precancer testing by professional society clinical practice guidelines to prevent highly lethal esophageal cancer. Precancer detection is essential because esophageal cancer survival rates are poor, even when detected at Stage I. Research shows that this risk is heightened among firefighters. According to research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), firefighters have a 62 percent higher esophageal cancer incidence and 39 percent higher mortality rate than expected.
"The safety and well-being of our firefighters is always our top priority and giving them the protection that they deserve requires us to go above and beyond," said Brian O'Neill, Assistant Fire Chief, and Executive Officer for the San Antonio Fire Department. "The SAFD continues to make great strides toward ensuring that comprehensive cancer education and awareness is available to all our firefighters, as well as ensuring our entire SAFD family has access to the tools and care required for early and frequent cancer screening and other prevention measures. On behalf of Fire Chief Charles Hood and the entire SAFD family, I would like to thank Dr. Hamblin, Lucid Diagnostics, and the countless volunteers who made this event possible and for helping us deliver on the promise of making cancer prevention a priority for all SAFD members."
In observation of February as National Cancer Prevention Month, and in light of the success of this event, Lucid is seeking to expand utilization of its satellite Lucid Test Centers in support of other public service departments, unions, employers, and other groups across the country that are interested in offering esophageal precancer testing for their at-risk members. For more information, please visit www.esoguard.com/request-an-event to connect with a company representative that can help organize a #CheckYourFoodTube Precancer Testing Event.
About Lucid Diagnostics
Lucid Diagnostics Inc. is a commercial-stage, cancer prevention medical diagnostics company, and subsidiary of PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM). Lucid is focused on the millions of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as chronic heartburn, who are at risk of developing esophageal precancer and cancer. Lucid's EsoGuard® Esophageal DNA Test, performed on samples collected in a brief, noninvasive office procedure with its EsoCheck® Esophageal Cell Collection Device, is the first and only commercially available diagnostic test capable of serving as a widespread screening tool to prevent cancer and cancer deaths through early detection of esophageal precancer in at-risk GERD patients.
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Released February 15, 2023