New test offers greater accuracy in early detection of colorectal cancer

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 10:31 in Health & Medicine

Results of two studies suggest that a new, investigational colorectal cancer screening test developed in a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences Inc. of Madison, Wis., is highly accurate and significantly more sensitive than other noninvasive tests at detecting precancerous tumors (adenomas) and early-stage cancer. These findings have important implications for clinicians and tens of thousands of Americans. Early detection is a key driver of better outcomes for colorectal cancer -- a disease that affects 1 in every 17 persons and is the second-leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths.

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