Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in US. But early detection can increase the survival rates. The American Cancer Society has included virtual colonoscopy and Computerized Tomography Colonography to the existing guidelines. These tests help in detecting the disease at a very early stage.
"Provided that advanced, proven techniques are employed in the clinical setting, CTC is included in the guidelines as an option for colorectal cancer screening and prevention in average-risk adults aged 50 years and older," said ACS.
The Chief Executive of Medicsight, a leading developer of computer-aided detection (CAD) software solutions, David Sumner, said: "We are delighted that the ACS has decided to include CTC in the panel of tests that physicians have at their disposal when screening for colorectal cancer. The ACS endorsement is expected to lead to routine reimbursement for CTC and thereby to a material increase in the use of CTC for screening those populations who are most at risk of developing this devastating condition."
The fact that CTC is simple to administer when compared to the actual colonoscopy procedure makes it a far better choice for routine screening and for early detection. A stool test is alos recommended aong with this to detect mutated DNA sheds from tumors.