Scottsdale doctor provides noninvasive cancer screening test

Cologuard (Submitted photo)

Cologuard (Submitted photo)

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S, yet it is one of the most treatable and in some cases even preventable cancers. In Arizona alone in 2011 approximately 38 out of every 100,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

Dr. Jessica Ellsworth

Dr. Jessica Ellsworth

Dr. Jessica Ellsworth from Family Medicine of Scottsdale is one of the first in Arizona to offer Cologuard, the first and only FDA approved noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer, according to a press release.

Cologuard analyzes a person’s stool to detect both altered DNA and blood known to be associated with colorectal cancer and precancer.

Unlike many other screening options, Cologuard does not require medication, dietary restrictions or bowel preparation prior to taking the test, stated the release.

Cologuard has been proven to find 92 percent of colorectal cancers in average risk patients with 87 percent specificity, according to the release.

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