Dr. Joseph Felder, a Gastroenterologist in New York City said, "Identifying a higher risk for colon cancer in a given patient may give us a way to improve compliance with colonoscopy in those who are hesitant to be screened. "About Colon Cancer According the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. It is expected to be the central cause of about 49,380 deaths in 2011. In addition, excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society's most recent numbers estimate 101,700 new cases of colon cancer and 39,510 new cases of rectal cancer in the United States in 2011. Overall, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1 in 20. This risk is slightly lower in women than in men. There are a number of risk factors for colon cancer including age, a history of colon polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity and a family history of colon cancer. Lifestyle risks include smoking, a diet that is high in red meats and processed meats, physical inactivity and heavy alcohol use. Early detection of colon cancer is considered the best way to improve a patient’s chance of survival. While 90% of colorectal cancer cases can be cured if detected early, the 5 year survival rate drops to 10% when detected late. About Enzo Biochem Enzo Biochem is a pioneer in molecular diagnostics, leading the convergence of clinical laboratories, life sciences and therapeutics through the development of unique diagnostic platform technologies that provide numerous advantages over previous standards. A global company, Enzo Biochem utilizes cross-functional teams to develop and rapidly deploy products systems and services that meet the ever-changing and rapidly growing needs of health care both today and into the future. Underpinning Enzo Biochem’s products and technologies is a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio, with patent coverage across a number of key enabling technologies.
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