Blood Test for Screening Early Colorectal Cancer

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Researchers presenting at the Fourth AACR International Conference on Molecular Diagnostics in Cancer Therapeutic Development reported on a new screening test that would detect most early-stage colorectal cancers. Using early stage II colorectal cancer patients they matched each subject with a healthy control for age and gender and collected blood samples from all. Their findings showed that it is possible to distinguish healthy subjects from colorectal patients with good sensitivity and specificity using a small sample of blood. Additional research is planned to further validate these results.

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