A recent report reveals that Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), effect an estimated 3.1 million (1.3%) U.S. adults. This is an increase from a report released in 1999 estimating that 1.8 million Americans (0.9%) were diagnosed with IBD. IBD is an immune-mediated chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. … Continue reading "Inflammatory Bowel Disease: More Common than Previously Thought"
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), has reported a new prevention treatment for individuals at high risk of developing colon cancer due to the APC (adenomatous polyposis coli) gene. Inheriting a mutation in the APC gene leads to a nearly 100% lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer. This risk … Continue reading "New Treatment May Reduce Precancerous Polyps in Both Large and Small Intestine in Hereditary Cancer Patients"
Counsyl launches oncology business unit, an expanded test to assess risk for inherited forms of cancer, and tools to improve genetic screening rates across the healthcare system Counsyl, a DNA testing and genetic counseling service, today announced its expansion into the oncology market, with a focus on advancing cancer risk screening and helping cancer prevention efforts. Counsyl’s … Continue reading "Counsyl Announces Major Oncology Expansion to Advance Genetic Screening for Cancer Risk"
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Epi proColon®, a test that screens for colorectal cancer from a simple blood draw. The approval specifies that EPI proColon is only indicated for individuals at an average risk of developing colorectal cancer who choose not to undergo other colorectal cancer screening methods specified in … Continue reading "EPI proColon® – Novel Blood Screening Test Approved for Colorectal Cancer Detection"
Though colonoscopy is often performed with anesthesia, a recent study published in the journal Gastroenterology has found that sedation increases the risk of complications.1 A colonoscopy is a type of exam that a doctor uses to check the lining of the large intestine (colon) for signs of cancer, abnormal areas that could turn into cancer, … Continue reading "Anesthesia Increases Colonoscopy Risks"