LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - September 26, 2016) - ITUS Corporation ("ITUS") (NASDAQ: ITUS), today announced that it has successfully utilized its Cchek™ early cancer detection platform to identify the presence of Colorectal Cancer. The company previously announced success with Breast Cancer and Lung Cancer, which together with Colorectal Cancer, account for the three largest categories of cancer worldwide in terms of incidences.
Cchek™ is ITUS's early cancer detection technology for identifying the existence of solid tumors. The technology measures a patient's immune response to a malignancy by detecting the presence, absence, and quantity of certain unique cells that exist in and around a tumor and that enter the blood stream. These types of cells have been the focus of recent ground breaking research in immuno-oncology, enabling the development of revolutionary immunotherapies used for treating certain cancer types. Instead of seeking to alter or boost the body's immune system and its ability to destroy cancer cells, as is the case with immunotherapy drugs, ITUS has developed proprietary techniques and protocols for measuring the subtle immunological changes that occur in the blood stream during tumor development. ITUS has had early success and has demonstrated a high degree of accuracy with its approach to distinguish healthy patients from biopsy verified cancer patients. The goal is to establish Cchek™ as a non-invasive, inexpensive, cancer diagnostic blood test that can reduce or eliminate the need for traditionally expensive, invasive, painful, and often inaccurate cancer diagnostic procedures.
Colorectal Cancer is the third most common cancer in men and the second most common cancer in woman worldwide, with approximately 1.4 million new cases diagnosed each year, and approximately 700,000 deaths. In the U.S., the overall 5-year survival rate for Colorectal Cancer is 65%. The 5-year survival rate is 90% when the disease is caught early, and 13% when found at a late stage. Despite existing diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopy, only 39% of patients with Colorectal Cancer are diagnosed at an early stage.
ITUS funds, develops, acquires, and licenses emerging technologies in areas such as biotechnology. The Company is developing a platform called Cchek™, a series of non-invasive, blood tests for the early detection of solid tumor based cancers, which is based on the body's immunological response to the presence of a malignancy. Additional information is available at www.ITUScorp.com.
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