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Panacea Pharmaceuticals Announces the Availability of CC Detect(SM), a Serum-Based Diagnostic Test for Colon Cancer
Date:11/14/2007

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Panacea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that CC Detect(SM), the Company's serum- based colon cancer diagnostic test, is now available from Panacea Laboratories. CC Detect(SM) is a simple blood test that should facilitate the identification of individuals with cancer of the colon and rectum when used in conjunction with standard screening methods. Panacea Laboratories, a division of Panacea Pharmaceuticals, is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). The blood sample can be ordered by any physician and sent to Panacea for testing; sample and shipping requirements are available at http://www.panacea-labs.com.

Colorectal cancer -- cancer of the colon or rectum -- is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in the US. 153,760 new colorectal cancer cases and 52,180 deaths due to colorectal cancer are expected in 2007. In an effort to detect colorectal cancer in its earliest stages, The American Cancer Society (ACS) and similar organizations have published guidelines for colorectal screening. It is recommended that most people begin colorectal screening at age 50 and that this screening be repeated at specific time intervals. Approximately, 5-10% of all colorectal cancers occur in people who are at "high risk," defined as much greater than twice the average risk. An additional 15-20% of colorectal cancers occur in people at "increased risk," defined as approximately twice average risk. It is recommended that people at high and increased risk for colorectal cancer begin screening at a younger age and have screening repeated more frequently. Factors associated with an increased or high risk of colorectal cancer can be divided into two categories: personal, and hereditary or familial. Personal risk factors include: a history of colorectal cancer that has been completely removed and, to a lesser extent, a h
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