Colon Cleansing

New study aims to perfect non-invasive technology for colon cancer screening

Researchers at University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center's Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are looking to recruit roughly 1,600 participants to help develop and test the effectiveness of a new, non-invasive technology known as stool DNA (sDNA) testing for colon cancer and polyp screening.

The technique is a recommended screening by the American Cancer Society that can detect colon cancer in its earliest stages based on analysis of stool DNA. However, the five-year study is looking to further test sDNA effectiveness and refine the approach to treatment.

"Early detection through screening can prevent the development of colon cancer. This promising new test has the potential to improve colon cancer screening rates and decrease mortality from this deadly disease," said Gregory Cooper, M.D., co-program leader for cancer prevention at UH Seidman Cancer Center.

The American Cancer Society still suggests routine colonoscopy screenings are the standard for maintaining proper colon health because of its ability to locate and remove precancerous polyps. However, sDNA technology is emerging as a promising alternative for maintaining colon health for patients who do not have access to the treatment, or who are between procedures.

Other preventative measures for maintaining digestive wellness include eating a nutritious, fiber-rich diet that incorporates natural herbal colon cleansing supplements.

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