Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Colon

Researchers find high levels of bacterium in colon cancer patients

Category: Colon

Colon cancer testing may soon benefit from the results of a recent study, which showed that the vast majority of colon tumors have extremely high levels of a particular bacterium. The researchers think testing for this microbe may function as an early test for the condition.

After examining tissue from a number of colon cancer patients, researchers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that most had abnormally high levels of Fusobacterium. This microbe is normal in the body, but exceptionally high levels may indicate a potential health problem.

The team said their findings raise the question of whether or not the bacterium are a root cause of the condition. Their findings could not completely answer that question, but the researchers believe the results could have other benefits.

By testing levels of the bacterium in their patients, doctors may be able to gain an early warning of potential growths in the colon. The sooner cancers are treated, the better the prognosis, and this is particularly true of colon cancer.

Still, they said further research would be needed to determine if Fusobacterium causes colon cancer, of if tumors simply provide a hospitable environment.  ADNFCR-2248-ID-800621679-ADNFCR

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top