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Strand Diagnostics and Manhattan Labs Partner to Create myPAP test
Date:6/17/2013

INDIANAPOLIS and NEW YORK, June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Strand Diagnostics, LLC, maker of the know error® system for breast and prostate biopsies and Manhattan Labs, a premier clinical laboratory serving Manhattan and the tri-state area, today announced the availability of the myPAP™ test. Developed to complement a Papanicolaou (Pap) test by confirming a patient's identity and helping physicians to proceed confidently with treatment recommendations, the myPAP test compares the DNA profiles of the Pap specimen with a reference DNA sample taken via cheek swab at the time of the Pap test. This state-of-the-art testing is available exclusively for Manhattan Labs' customers who perform Pap testing.

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Cervical cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer-related death, claiming the lives of 275,000 women across the globe annually. Approximately 55 million Pap tests are performed annually in the U.S. to detect the presence of dysplasia or cancerous cells on the surface of the cervix. Pap tests are commonly performed in a healthcare provider's office on women ages 21-65, depending on their individual risk factors.

"If it's caught early, cervical cancer is treatable and curable," said Lawrence J. Levitan M.D., a New York City OB/Gyn. "However, cancer treatment can be life-altering, so it is imperative that we ensure we are providing treatment to the right patient at the right time. The myPAP test will allow us to easily provide this confirmation before any surgical intervention and treatment takes place." 

Pap testing can include up to a 20-step process from the time when the specimen is collected to when laboratory results are completed.  Anywhere along
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