Health Innovation Spotlight: Colon Cancer

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 In this Sonoran Living Health Innovation Spotlight we share an important message about colorectal screening and the Arizona companies that make it easier to get screened.

AZBio and AZAdvances partner with ABC15 to shine a spotlight on health innovations and to share stories about Arizona Health Innovators.

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month but being proactive and health aware is important every month.  

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the US, and the second leading cause of cancer death. It affects men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often found in people 50 years or older. However incidence in those younger than 50 is on the rise. This disease takes the lives of more than 50,000 people every year. Colorectal cancer is also a highly preventable disease with screening.

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In 2016, Beacon Biomedical received the AZBio Fast Lane Award for their work in developing the BeScreened-CRC test.

Saving Lives with Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer screening is now easier than ever before.  From at home screening tests to blood tests, colon cancer screenings save lives.  Here in Arizona, Beacon Biomedical’s laboratory developed test (LDT) solutions help primary care providers screen their patients for the presence of undiagnosed cancer to improve their chances of survivability. BeScreened™–CRC , offers a simple blood-based solution to patients who are unwilling or unable to use traditional colorectal cancer screening methods.

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About the AZAdvances Public Information Campaign

The AZAdvances Public Information Campaign  shares stories of health innovations that are being discovered, developed, and delivered in Arizona.  The  initiative is led by AZBio in partnership with the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship Foundation (OTEF). Working together, AZBio and OTEF are building  AZAdvances to help more Arizona healthcare innovations move forward faster.