August 14, 2014

Cologuard

1 FDA Approves New at-Home Colon Cancer Test

The FDA has approved Cologuard, a new, stool-based, at-home colon cancer test that detects DNA mutations and red blood cells that may indicate colorectal cancer. Cologuard, which is ordered through a doctor’s office and requires no bowel prep or dietary restrictions, may help detect colorectal cancer at its earliest, asymptomatic stages. Further screening, including colonoscopy, would be advised for patients who test positive with Cologuard. Cologuard detects about 92.3% of abnormalities compared to 74% with a fecal immunochemical test (FIT). Stool DNA testing is not currently recommended to screen for colorectal cancer by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force which recommends FIT, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy.

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Tags: Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, DNA, FDA, Cologuard, New at-Home Colon Cancer Test

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