June 6, 2012

New DNA Test Could Represent a ‘Revolution’ for Colon Cancer


Colon Cancer is the second deadliest cancer for men and women in the United States, behind lung cancer. And Alaska Natives suffer from especially high rates of the disease. Now a new colon cancer screening test is in the final stages of the FDA approval process. It was developed by a Mayo Clinic doctor who visited rural Alaska and saw the problem first hand: When Mayo Clinic Doctor David Ahlquist took a trip to the Bethel area in the mid-1990′s a startling statistic caught his attention. Alaska Natives were – and still are – twice as likely to get colon cancer and die from the disease as U.S. Whites.


Alaska Public Radio  by Annie Feidt

Tags: Alaska Public Radio, Cancer, cancer screening, colon cancer, Dr. David Ahlquist

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