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New York State Approves the Quest Diagnostics ColoVantage™ Colorectal Cancer Blood Test
Date:3/17/2011

MADISON, N.J., March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading cancer diagnostics company, today announced that its ColoVantage test has been approved by New York State's Department of Health for testing on samples of patients in the state. It is believed to be the first molecular colorectal cancer detection method that employs a venal blood specimen to be approved by the state.  

"ColoVantage is a convenient, noninvasive option for the millions of patients 50 years of age and older who resist testing by recommended screening methods," said Jon R. Cohen, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer, Quest Diagnostics. "As a technique that patients may actually use, ColoVantage is arguably the first practical testing option to promote meaningful cancer evaluation among this large underserved population. It is fitting that March, colorectal cancer awareness month, marks the date our test met New York's rigorous regulatory criteria."

Men and women at average risk for colorectal cancer should be screened beginning at age 50, according to the American Cancer Society, but only about half of this population nationally is up-to-date on screening. Some patients regard recommended tests, such as colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and fecal occult blood tests (FOBTs), as invasive or unpleasant, and refuse or delay testing.

ColoVantage is designed to aid in the detection of colorectal cancer in patients who resist testing by guideline-recommended screening methods. Unlike other colorectal cancer tests, ColoVantage does not require dietary restrictions or special preparations and testing can be added to routine blood work. As with any noncolonoscopy test, a positive test result should be followed up by colonoscopy.

The test detects methylated DNA of the Septin9 gene from a specimen
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