MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new at-home test to check for colon cancer is showing promising results. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say the results are impressive.
Colon cancer is preventable and curable if caught early, yet millions of Americans don’t get screened.READ MORE: Study Ranks Minnesota As 6th Safest State During Pandemic
Now, the test, called the Cologuard, detects blood in a patient’s stool sample as well as DNA changes that can be a sign of cancer or precancerous polyps.READ MORE: Appeals Court: Judge Erred In Not Reinstating 3rd-Degree Murder Charge Against Derek Chauvin
Mayo researchers say the test detected 92.3 percent of all colon cancers.
Cologuard doesn’t require any preparation or diet restrictions.MORE NEWS: HealthPartners Now Offering Drive-Up COVID-19 Vaccinations
A government panel will decide whether to recommend the test for approval in the U.S. later this month.