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New at-home colon cancer test shows promising results

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 01:04

March 19 - A Food and Drug Administration panel will meet later this month to to decided whether to recommend a home colon cancer test for U.S. approval. Jennifer Davis reports.

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When it comes to health tests - researchers say this one is showing impressive results. (SOUNDBITE) DR. DAVID AHLQUIST/MAYO CLINIC SAYING: "The stool DNA test detected 92.3 percent of all colon cancers." Researchers say that's according to new data published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The at-home Cologuard test doesn't require any preparation or diet restrictions. Patients at average risk would collect a sample and mail it from home to test for blood and DNA changes that can be a sign of cancer or precancerous polyps. Dr. Ahlquist is also an inventor of the test. He says it's an easy way to test for a type of cancer that is preventable and curable if caught early. And right now millions of Americans aren't getting screened. (SOUNDBITE) DR. DAVID AHLQUIST/MAYO CLINIC SAYING: "Not all patients are willing to undergo an invasive procedure so having the option to pursue a non invasive test//should go a long way." Patients with positive results would need a follow up colonoscopy. The test is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but the agency will meet later this month to decide whether to recommend it for approval.

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New at-home colon cancer test shows promising results

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 01:04