Preventing Cancer

The Microbiome Advantage in Colon Polyp Detection

  • Earlier Detection
  • Higher Accuracy
  • Non-Invasive
  • Cost-Effective

5 Year Survival Rate by Stage of 1st Detection

It can take 10 years for a polyp to develop into cancer and only 3-4 years for cancer to progess from Stage 1 to Stage 4.

  • Pre-Cancer 100%
  • Stage 1 94%
  • Stage 2 82%
  • Stage 3 62%
  • Stage 4 8%
Colon polyps

Early Detection Saves Lives

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable yet least prevented cancers. Screening programs designed for early detection of cancer as well as prevention by polyp removal followed by surveillance have demonstrated an impact on colon cancer mortality, Unfortunately, 47% of American’s do not comply with current public health screening recommendations.  Colonoscopy is very accurate but is invasive and expensive and still does not address the high rate of interval cancers, i.e. cancers that develop after a negative colonoscopy. Fecal occult stool testing is simple, but compliance rates are low and FOBT’s are not accurate for pre-cancerous polyps.  Therefore, there is a significant need for a simple, non-invasive test that can be used to identify patients who have colon cancer or are at risk for developing cancer because they have pre-cancerous polyps.

Higher Accuracy

Our non-invasive screening test can detect colon polyps and early stage colorectal cancer by detecting microbial biomarkers that are a functional link between bacterial dysbiosis and carcinogenesis. In other words, we can identify disruption of the microbiome that is associated with inflammation, polyps, and colorectal cancer and by sequencing the microbial DNA from rectal swabs and stool samples in order to detect adenomas and adenocarcinomas.

Microbiome biomarkers are the best predictor of the presence of colon polyps and CRC because the microbiome is extraordinarily sensitive to changes associated with the presence of adenomas and carcinomas in the GI tract. The Metabiomics test takes advantage of the fact that more than 60% of the genetic material in stool is microbial in origin.


One of the most important goals of an effective colon polyp and colorectal cancer screening strategy is to increase patient participation rates.  It has been demonstrated that a truly non-invasive test could increase screening program adherence and increase survival.  Metabiomics has been working with leading gastroenterologists and molecular biologists to develop optimal stool sampling methodology. We have developed stool sampling kits that preserve the genetic material in the stool and can be shipped through the mail without refrigeration. We have undertaken a comprehensive analysis of the best methods for preserving the genetic material in stool and we have identified preferred suppliers of sampling kit components and preservatives.