Do you know the definition of the word “cancer?” Cancer is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “something evil or malignant that spreads destructively.” It is a little bit colorful but accurate. Cancer is pure evil. It is not prejudiced, and it offers no quarter. The doctors and researchers at the Investigative Clinical Research (ICR) want to kill cancer before it starts and is doing clinical research with the hopes to do just that.
The colon is the largest part of the large intestine. Connected to the small intestine on one side and the anus on the other, the colon removes water, nutrients, and electrolytes from partially digested food. After the nutrients and such are collected, the colon then dispels the waste, in the form of stool, through the anus.
The colon is a major part of our digestive system. When cancer chooses to go after this region, it is referred to as colorectal cancer. Early cases tend to start with polyps, with growths and bumps that grow in mucous membrane areas, like the colon. Polyps are non-cancerous and very hard to detect without screening. They have very few symptoms, which makes them so hard to detect. Regular screening is very important, especially for those over the age of 50.
Colorectal cancer is a very common form of cancer, and it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death. Colorectal cancer is dangerous because it is so difficult to detect. Often by the times, any symptoms show, cancer has progressed to a level where it becomes virtually untreatable.
The team at ICR is working around the clock to find more effective treatments for colorectal cancer and hopefully a cure. ICR is currently working with volunteers, aged 60+, to test Cologuard®, a non-invasive stool-based test. This test looks for certain DNA markers that are associated with malignant and pre-malignant precancerous legions and fecal hemoglobin. By picking up these DNA markers at an earlier stage, colorectal cancer becomes far more treatable. The Cologuard® test has been designed with the hope that it may provide a much easier and effective advanced screening process that can be done at home. To get more information or to be a part of the study, please visit www.icrmd.com.