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Radical new method for colon cancer detection

Accurate and timely diagnosis is often the key to a favourable prognosis for a great number of pathologies.
Radical new method for colon cancer detection
The same holds true for colon cancer, which presents significant challenges in terms of diagnosis and detection of cancerous tissue. A team of Israeli researchers has developed a new microspectroscopy-based method used for early detection of malignancy in the colon. This method advances the possibilities of early detection compared to standard pathology tests.

This new approach takes advantage of the fact that pathology alters the biochemical state of tissues. In other words, the "biochemical fingerprint" of each cell changes during the pre-cancerous stage. The infrared spectrum is altered according to the biochemistry of the cells and it is these changes that are detected by the Israeli method.

It is well documented, that DNA and RNA molecules are altered in terms of expression and quantity during cancer and the precancerous stage. These two types of molecules are also likely to be the major contributors to changes in spectral patterns.

The researchers are now keen to form joint ventures, or other types of collaboration in order to exploit the market potential of this discovery. The market impact of a final product based on this technology could be significant given the low cost and time efficiency of this approach in comparison to the current state-of-the-art.
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