Triage Blood Test Data Presented to Leading International Experts at the World Endoscopy Organization's Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee.
NAMUR, Belgium, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX), a life sciences company focused on developing diagnostic tests for cancer, today announced that Professor Hans Jorgen Nielsen, Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Copenhagen, gave a presentation on "Blood-based biomarkers in possible triaging of FIT (faecal immunochemical test) positive subjects" to the World Endoscopy Organization's Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria on Friday, October 14. This meeting was specifically focused on bringing experts together to discuss recent advances in colorectal cancer screening, as well as future screening initiatives.
Professor Nielsen's presentation examined how Volition's blood-based biomarker Nu.Q™ Colorectal Cancer Screening Triage Test (blood test) could be used in conjunction with the current standard colorectal cancer screening test, the FIT test, to further screen patients with a positive FIT score. Previously released data on this test showed that it has the potential to offer up to a 25% reduction in colonoscopies while maintaining almost 97% detection of colorectal cancer when combined with the FIT score.
Fewer than 10% of people with a positive FIT score have colorectal cancer, as a positive FIT score is not a diagnostic for cancer but means simply that blood has been found in the stool. Currently all patients with a positive FIT score are referred for a colonoscopy for a definitive cancer diagnosis. Consequently, there are a significant number of unnecessary, expensive and invasive colonoscopies performed, placing a burden on both the patient and healthcare system.
Professor Nielsen commented, "There is potentially a huge demand for a test like this because healthcare systems in Denmark and many other countries are struggling to meet the increased colonoscopy demand from colorectal cancer screening programs. Triaging patients with this test could significantly reduce the number of patients being referred for unnecessary colonoscopies, and so would allow more people to be screened for colorectal cancer quickly and effectively."
Louise Day, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer said, "It was great for us to take part in this meeting where experts from 14 countries presented and many more came together to discuss the current state of colorectal cancer screening. We can certainly see how our Nu.Q™ Triage Test could help alleviate some of the challenges current screening programs face."
Volition is a life sciences company focused on developing diagnostic tests for cancer. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics®, which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream or other bodily fluid – an indication that disease is present.
Volition's goal is to make the tests as easy and simple to use, for both patients and doctors, as existing diabetic and cholesterol blood tests. Volition's research and development activities are currently centered in Belgium as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the U.S. and ultimately, worldwide.
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