Early Diagnosis Crucial for Bowel Cancer Survival
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer; however, it shouldn’t be because it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer, but this drops significantly as the disease develops.
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The sooner bowel cancer is diagnosed the easier it is to treat, but currently no available screening test has proven to be 100 percent accurate. Tests such as a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy are currently key diagnostics for bowel cancer but sadly, the invasive nature of these tests deters many from coming forward.
This is why early detection using non-invasive devices like ANCON Medical’s NBT can be crucial in treatment. Simple to use and highly sensitive, the Nanoparticle Biomarker Tagging (NBT) device can detect the presence of a disease by measuring exhaled breath for “biomarkers” which are DNA-protein controlled volatile organic compound (VOC) metabolites specific to diseases.
“Like most diseases, early diagnosis can mean early treatment, which is especially important in the case of bowel cancer,” said ANCON Medical CEO Wesley Baker. “Shining a light on these sometimes-overlooked diseases not only creates awareness of the conditions, it also reminds people of the importance of getting screened.”
Researchers have discovered biomarkers for more than 400 diseases, with Bowel and other cancers among those.
“Being programmable makes an ANCON’s NBT device quite versatile. It can be used to screen for diseases like cancer and later be reprogrammed to test for a range of other diseases when needed,” Baker, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine said. “Lung Cancer, Influenza, Cervical Cancer, the Ebola virus, Tuberculosis and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) are just some of the diseases where known biomarkers have been discovered.”
For more information on Bowel Cancer symptoms and what to do, visit https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/.
For more information on ANCON Medical’s NBT technology, visit https://anconmedical.com/nbt-technology/.