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Promising New Blood Test to Detect Early Cancers

October 19, 2017

ctDNAA blood test that detects tumor DNA in the bloodstream shows promise for identifying colorectal, breast, lung, and ovarian cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages.

Photo source: NHGRI, Jonathan Bailey

Progress Toward a Saliva-based Test for Alzheimer Disease

October 5, 2017

Alzheimers disease brain preclinicalTwo proof-of-concept studies have found that it may be possible to develop a saliva-based test for Alzheimer disease, perhaps even before symptoms appear. Identifying affected individuals earlier could allow for better responses to various treatments and support services when symptoms are still mild.

Photo source: By ADEAR: "Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging." [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Fecal Immunochemical Testing Effective in Screening for Colon Cancer but Not Polyps

September 27, 2017

Colon Cancer cellsA recent review of multiple studies concludes that fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) is an accurate test to screen for colon cancer but is not as good at detecting precancerous polyps. Photo source: NCI, U Weyemi C Redon W Bonner


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