DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism modulating the function and expression of genes. DNA methylation regulates gene expression by recruiting proteins involved in gene repression or by inhibiting the binding of transcription factor(s) to DNA. Changes in DNA methylation are associated with numerous diseases and abnormal DNA methylation has been implicated as one of the mechanisms driving tumor onset, development, progression and recurrence. Identification of tumor-associated methylation patterns is of great diagnostic potential, especially for early detection of disease. Recently LGC Clinical Diagnostics had the pleasure to host a webinar, bringing together a panel of academic, clinical, and industry experts in the field of methylated DNA testing, who discussed the promises and challenges of early cancer screening and recent technological advances. It was a great opportunity to hear from the pioneer of prenatal cfDNA testing, Dennis Lo, MD, PhD, and an expert in computational cancer genomics analysis, Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, as well as Yves Konigshofer, PhD, the head of technology development at LGC Clinical Diagnostics.