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New Method for Detecting Colon Cancer

The standard method for detecting colon cancer is a colonoscopy, but this is often painful, and a lot of patients choose not to undergo the procedure. Therefore, a new method of detecting colon polyps, precursors to colon cancer, have been developed. The test consist of a simple blood test that looks for distinct biomarkers that are typical for polyps. If a patients is found to be at risk, they would be more likely to agree to a colonoscopy to see if the polyps have advanced to form cancerous adenomas. The researchers say that the test can identify polyps correctly about 80% of the time. 

A colon polyp

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November 23, 2008 - Posted by | Medicine | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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