FDA approves new test for colon cancer

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
It provides an option for some people who do not want the more invasive colonoscopy screening test.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first DNA-based test for colon cancer.

(NBC) - The Food and Drug Administration has approved a non-invasive, DNA-based test for colon cancer.

It provides an option for some people who do not want the more invasive colonoscopy screening test.

The new test called "Colo-Guard" is for patients with a low risk for developing the disease. It checks for DNA mutations in stool samples that can be a sign for cancerous or pre-cancerous growths.

Patients who test positive for the mutations would have to undergo a colonoscopy to confirm the results.


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