FDA approves extremely accurate at-home colon cancer test

August 13, 2014 1:35 PM

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FDA approves extremely accurate at-home colon cancer test

According to a statement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as of Aug. 11 the federal agency has approved Cologuard, the first stool-based colorectal screening test that detects the existence of red blood cells and DNA mutations that may indicate the presence of certain types of abnormal growths that may be cancers such as colon cancer or predecessors to cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colorectal cancer mainly affects people age 50 and older, and among cancers that affect both men and women, it is the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. Colorectal canc...

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