New test developed by CWRUmedicine faculty to prevent colon cancer

A new test, added to the American Cancer Society guidelines, could make screening less troublesome for the nearly 50 percent of Americans 50 and older who aren’t being tested for colon cancer, the nation’s second leading cause of cancer death.

There’s a very clear problem,” says Sanford Markowitz, M.D., Ph.D., a Case Western Reserve University Department of Medicine professor and attending physician at University Hospitals in Cleveland. “No one should die of colon cancer if it’s diagnosed in the early stages, but it becomes highly incurable if the cancer spreads beyond the colon.”

The new test, developed by a Markowitz-led team, looks for abnormal DNA in a patient’s stool to indicate colon cancer. The test, currently marketed as ColoSure and produced by Laboratory Corporation of America, retails for about $225.

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