FDA Approves First At-Home DNA Test for Colon Cancer

August 12, 2014 9:48 PM

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The Cologuard test from Exact Sciences detects irregular mutations in stool samples that can be an early warning sign of cancer. Patients who test positive for the mutations should undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results.

The test involves using a collection kit to take a stool sample at home, then shipping it to a lab that looks for DNA and blood that may suggest something is amiss. Many people may find it easier than undergoing a colonoscopy.

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