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Porcine Intestines

Aside from skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 101,000 new cases of colon cancer and 44,000 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2019.

It’s also the third deadliest type of cancer. An estimated 51,020 people will die from colorectal cancer in 2019, according to ACS projections.

However, the death rate for colorectal cancer has been declining, thanks to improved treatments and better and earlier screenings for the polyps that cause this cancer.

Meanwhile, research has shown that porcine models can help develop ways to prevent colon cancer, according to a 2017 study published in Cancer Prevention Research.

The study found evidence that showed a high-calorie diet can cause colon cancer and that this could be related to dysregulation of the colon stem cells.

Researchers looked at two sets of pigs: one fed a high-calorie diet over the course of 13 weeks and another fed a normal diet over the same period. They saw that the high-calorie diet led to colon stem cell proliferation and expansion, which are key early indicators of colon cancer.

It’s an important discovery, as many cases of colon cancer are thought to be connected to diet and lifestyle. And it’s one more example of how pigs often make better test animals than mice or rats due to their biological similarities to humans.

Animal Biotech can provide your researchers with pig intestines and other porcine organs. We’ve spent nearly 30 years helping biomedical teams with our selection of live porcine models and porcine tissues. Contact us today to learn more about our porcine intestine options. 

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