Stool DNA testing

A newly developed screening option has the potential to play an important role in bowel cancer detection.

A new DNA screening test for bowel cancer has been shown to detect more tumours than immunochemical faecal occult blood testing.

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In fact, research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the new test — which is performed on stool samples — is of similar efficacy to colonoscopy in detecting colorectal cancers.1

An advisory panel of the US Food and Drug Administration has unanimously recommended pre-market approval for the DNA test (Cologuard), from Exact Sciences Corporation.2

Although the

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