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New Tool Shows Promise in Detecting Risk for Colon Cancer Earlier

New Tool Shows Promise in Detecting Risk for Colon Cancer Earlier
Date

October 3, 2017

By Joseph Goedert

 

A new computational tool may help physicians identify patients with the highest risk of having undiagnosed colorectal cancer while the disease is still in an early stage.

 

The tool, called ColonFlag, was developed by Medial EarlySign, an artificial intelligence and machine learning vendor. It predicts and stratifies individuals at high risk by analyzing routine blood test results and electronic health records data. The company also is developing additional disease predictors for other types of cancers, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions.

 

In a study published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, ColonFlag was able to identify risk for colorectal cancer as much as a year earlier than conventional diagnostic practices, study authors say.

 

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