Video: FDA approves take-home colon cancer test

In a move that might help stem the number of deaths by colon cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new at-home test it calls both accurate and noninvasive.

The test, called Cologuard, is made by the company Exact Sciences and boasts a 92 percent accuracy rate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., and the earlier it's found, the better.

That's why health officials recommend a colonoscopy at least once every 10 years for every American over 50.

The problem, according to doctors, is that patients shy away from getting colonoscopies. That's why the new test could be a game-changer.

Find out more with this Newsy video. 

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