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COLOGIC - simple colorectal cancer screening
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Now a simple blood test can screen for colorectal cancer.
Now a simple blood test can screen for colorectal cancer.

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It's estimated 80% of people who should be screened for colon cancer are never tested. And, for many, by the time they are diagnosed, the disease is already in its advanced stages. So, there are high hopes offering this simple blood test can make a major difference...

Read more: http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/a-new-screening-method-for-colon-cancer-1.1331643#ixzz2mKfUgCPO
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March 1st is National Dress in Blue Day. A special event put together from our friends at the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada to raise awareness of the disease that an estimated 23,300 Canadians (13,000 men and 10,300 women) will be diagnosed with this year. 

To take part in National ‘Dress in Blue Day’ and raise awareness and education for colorectal cancer, visit the CCAC's website. 
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What are my choices for being tested for colorectal cancer?

Generally, there are two types of screening tests.

1. Fecal tests involve following careful instructions to collect and smear three fecal samples at home over a period of three days and mailing the samples to a central laboratory.

2. COLOGIC is a simple blood test that does not require any advanced preparation, only the collection of a small blood sample at a CML lab location.
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Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. (PDI), a Canadian biotechnology company, was established in 2000 and has been focused on clinical diagnostics and the development of an easy-to-use, accurate blood test for colorectal cancer.

Through various clinical trials, including a 4,923 patient study, PDI has created and validated a simple blood test which measures the changes in certain metabolites known to be associated with colorectal cancer.

In partnership with CML HealthCare, the leading diagnostic lab and medical imaging provider in Canada, and other laboratory partners, PDI is making available this new, innovative colorectal cancer-screening test. COLOGIC is a simple, easy, affordable and an accurate way for Canadians to screen for colorectal cancer.

Learn more about early detection at http://www.cologiclabtest.com
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Can COLOGIC predict cancer risk?

COLOGIC is a predictive test.

The FIT and FOBT tests are based upon the premise that abnormal growths in the colon, when severe enough, will bleed. A positive test result simply means there is blood in the stool, which can be caused by things other than cancer. If the cause of the blood in the stool is a tumour, it cannot be detected by FIT or FOBT until the tumour is large enough to cause bleeding.

COLOGIC is independent of tumour growth. COLOGIC detects serum markers that, when too low, are linked to a risk for colorectal cancer. The levels of these serum markers decrease in blood before cancer develops (Ritchie et al. BMC Gastroenterology, 2010, 10:140), and have been shown to have anti-cancer properties (Ritchie et al. Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 2011, 30:59). People with low serum levels should be considered at elevated risk for colorectal cancer presence and/or future development.

Find out more: http://www.cologiclabtest.com/
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CML is making every effort to ensure that COLOGIC is available to any Canadian who wishes to have the test. CML is continuing to add new partners across Canada to make it as easy for patients as possible.

To find a test location near you, please visit a CML HealthCare Lab Services location:
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Who should get tested for colorectal cancer?
It is recommended that men and women over the age of 50 be screened for colorectal cancer every two years. A doctor may also recommend screening for patients younger than 50 if they are identified to be at a higher risk.

Find out more at: www.cologiclabtest.com
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Early detection of colorectal cancer can save your life.
Precancerous polyps and early-stage colorectal cancer do not always present symptoms, therefore it is very important that patients be screened regularly, even when feeling fine and without symptoms.
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