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January 17, 2006

New Test Helps Spot Bladder Cancer

Topics: Medical Science News

A new urine test helps identify bladder cancer recurrences, with results available before a patient leaves their doctor's office.

The test, called BladderChek, screens urine for high levels of a protein called NMP22. Results are available within an hour, without extra lab work or special training for medical staff.
However, the test is intended to enhance, but not replace, other screening methods. Bladder cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the United States and 13,000 people die from the disease annually.

Posted by Richard at January 17, 2006 8:11 PM


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