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For the past 15 years, the National Institutes of Health has funded a collection of data from close to 40-thousand colon cancer patients and their families. It's called the Colon Cancer Family Registry and the information is used by researchers around the world to learn more about the disease. But recently that funding has ended, and some doctors at Mayo Clinic are working to find continued support for the registry in hopes of saving lives.
Sleuthing. Looking for clues. That's what doctors do when they search for signs of colon cancer. One of their main tools is the endoscope. They use it to look at the colon for signs of disease. The technology can detect cancer early when it's still curable. Now, doctors at Mayo Clinic are modifying the test to hopefully make it more effective for high risk patients.