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New test offers greater accuracy in early detection of colorectal cancer
Date:1/19/2012

ith SEPT9.
  • The SEPT9's rate of false-positives was nearly four times that of stool DNA (27 percent vs. 7 percent).

    "It was important to compare tests head-to-head," Dr. Ahlquist says. "Our findings are clear and entirely consistent with the biology of the marker release. Cancerous and pre-cancer cells are shed into the stool and detected by the stool DNA test long before tumors progress to invade the bloodstream for later detection by the plasma SEPT9 screening test."

    Screening for colorectal cancer is recommended for everyone beginning at age 50, yet 60 percent of patients are diagnosed with the disease in its late stages, primarily due to poor screening compliance. Testing is critical because survival rates increase dramatically if colorectal cancer is detected in early stages.


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