According to a recent clinical trial, the newly developed Cologuard sDNA test is better at detecting colon cancer than current non-invasive tests such as the fecal occult blood test.
Researchers report that the sDNA test identified 64% of pre-cancerous polyps and 85% of full-blown cancers. The test measures altered DNA cells in all locations throughout the colon. It is the first non-invasive test to identify pre-cancerous polyps. It requires no bowel preparation.
According to Michael A. Bottar, Esq., a New York colon cancer misdiagnosis lawyer with Bottar Law, PLLC, a team of Syracuse medical malpractice lawyers, invasive screenings such as a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy are currently the “Holy Grail” for detecting colon cancer. Because those studies have risks, gastroenterologists are always searching for a highly accurent, non-invasive alternative.
As there are more than 150,000 cases of colon cancer every year in the United States, the Cologuard sDNA test may go a long way toward timely diagnosing colon cancer and toward eliminating the failure to diagnose colon cancer.
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