FDA Approves New “At Home” Colon Cancer Screening Test

The FDA recently approved a new “at home” colon cancer screening test known as Cologuard after it outperformed fecal immunalchemical testing (FIT), which was previously “the most reliable stool test on the market.” In a study comparing the two tests, Cologuard “accurately detected cancers and advanced adenomas” more often than FIT, and is the first test that detects “DNA mutations, as well as blood” to screen for cancerous growths. However, Cologuard detects more abnormalities that end up not being cancer than FIT. In fact 13% of those who used Cologuard received a false positive compared to FIT’s 5%.

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