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A tool to Detect Colon Cancer

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    22nd Jul, 2020
  • Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India has developed a sensitive tool that could be useful to identify colon cancer at a very early stage from body fluids like blood, urine, and faeces (stool).
  • Dr Tatini Rakshit from a recipient of the INSPIRE Faculty Fellowship Award with her research group is behind this development.
  • About Colon Cancer:
    • Colorectal cancer that affects the large intestine (colon) and rectum is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in India, mainly because of late detection.
    • In the last decade, the country has witnessed a rapid increase in the rate of colorectal cancer among younger people due to poor dietary habits, lack of physical activity, obesity, increased alcohol consumption, and chronic smoking.
    • The current detection methods need invasive biopsies, and subsequent evaluation requires special expertise.
  • The Department of Science and Technology has launched the “Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE)” program in 2008.
    • Each selected INSPIRE Faculty shall be eligible to receive a consolidated amount of Rs. 1, 25,000/- pm.
    • A Research Grant of Rs 7 lakh per year for 5 years shall be provided to each successful candidate.
    • The INSPIRE Faculty Award is for a maximum period of 5 (five) years.

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