• Title: Update: non-invasive screening test for colon cancer: colonoscopy refined: these new findings may improve accuracy in detection and subsequent ... An article from: Duke Medicine Health News
  • Author: Joanne A.P. Wilson
  • Released: 0000-00-00
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  • ASIN: B004I565RK
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A new DNA-based test for colon cancer could transform colon cancer screening by enabling doctors to refer people for a colonoscopy (currently recommended for all those over 50) only if they test positive in the new test.

Unlike a colonoscopy, the DNA lest is noninvasive: It examines stool samples for the presence of four altered genes that are diagnostic of colon cancer. In trials, the test was able to detect 85.3 percent of colorectal cancers and 63.8 percent of polyps bigger than one centimeter (polyps this size are considered pre-cancers and most likely to progress to cancer). The new test was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research special conference on colorectal cancer, October 2010,

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