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New Survey: Patients and Physicians Overwhelmingly Agree Blood Tests Could Help Close the Colorectal Cancer Screening Gap


Guardant Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GH), a leading precision oncology company, today announced the results of a new survey showing patients and physicians overwhelmingly agree that blood-based testing could help close the colorectal cancer (CRC) screening gap by offering a more pleasant and convenient option.

Conducted by The Harris Poll, the ?Closing the Gap: CRC Screening Insights' survey was commissioned by Guardant Health to better understand perceptions and attitudes impacting CRC screening adherence and the role of emerging technologies such as blood-based screening. The survey polled 1,000 American adults age 45-84, along with 351 physicians (250 primary care providers and 101 gastroenterologists).

In the United States, CRC screening guidelines recommend that all people of average risk begin screening starting at age 45. However, more than 50 million eligible Americans (42.6%) are not up to date with recommended screenings,1 often because they find current screening options unpleasant and inconvenient.

"Ninety percent of eligible Americans surveyed said they would be more likely to stay up to date with colorectal cancer screening if there were a blood test option, and the vast majority of physicians surveyed agreed," said Craig Eagle, M.D., Guardant Health chief medical officer. "These survey results suggest the current screening gap could be closed with blood-based options like our Shieldtm test, which could significantly increase screening adherence rates, leading to saved lives."

"Although existing screening methods are effective when completed, there still are challenges around access and equity, especially among minority and other underserved communities. It is particularly alarming that almost a third of Americans are aware they are behind in screening, indicating an urgent need to spur them to action," said Michael Sapienza, chief executive officer of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance. "Providing options is necessary to increase the number of eligible adults receiving routine lifesaving screening for colorectal cancer, which is among the most treatable types of cancer when found early."

?Closing the Gap: CRC Screening Insights' Survey Findings

More information about blood-based screening for colorectal cancer can be found at bloodbasedscreening.com.

About Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States,3 responsible for an estimated 53,010 deaths in 2024.4 This type of cancer is highly treatable if caught early, yet despite multiple screening modalities available, over 50 million Americans remain unscreened.5 Screening rates are even lower in minority and underserved populations, despite the disproportionate impact of colorectal cancer on these communities.6 Screening can reduce colorectal cancer mortality by detecting cancer early, when treatment is more successful.7

About the Shieldtm Test

The Shield test for colorectal cancer screening is commercially available for eligible individuals by prescription only through healthcare professionals. This LDT (Laboratory Developed Test) is intended to be complementary to, and not a replacement for, current recommended CRC screening methods. A negative result does not rule out the presence of cancer. Patients with an abnormal blood-based screening result should be referred for a diagnostic colonoscopic evaluation.

About Guardant Health

Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on guarding wellness and giving every person more time free from cancer. Founded in 2012, Guardant is transforming patient care by providing critical insights into what drives disease through its advanced blood and tissue tests, real-world data and AI analytics. Guardant tests help improve outcomes across all stages of care, including screening to find cancer early, monitoring for recurrence in early-stage cancer, and helping doctors select the best treatment for patients with advanced cancer. For more information, visit guardanthealth.com and follow the company on LinkedIn, X (Twitter) and Facebook.

About the Harris Poll

The Harris Poll is a global consulting and market research firm that strives to reveal the authentic values of modern society to inspire leaders to create a better tomorrow. It works with clients in three primary areas: building twenty-first-century corporate reputation, crafting brand strategy and performance tracking, and earning organic media through public relations research. One of the longest-running surveys in the U.S., The Harris Poll has tracked public opinion, motivations, and social sentiment since 1963.

The research was conducted online in the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of Guardant Health among 1,000 U.S. residents aged 45-84, 250 practicing Primary Care Physicians and 101 practicing Gastroenterologists. The survey was conducted January 26-February 9, 2024. Data are weighted where necessary by age, gender, race/ethnicity, region, education, marital status, household size, employment, and household income to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements regarding the potential utilities, values, benefits and advantages of Guardant Health's liquid biopsy tests or assays, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions, and actual outcomes and results could differ materially from these statements due to a number of factors. These and additional risks and uncertainties that could affect Guardant Health's financial and operating results and cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release include those discussed under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation" and elsewhere in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, and any current and periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission thereafter. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Guardant Health as of the date hereof, and Guardant Health disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements provided to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such statement is based, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Guardant Health's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

References

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1 American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2020-2022. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures-2020-2022.pdf.

2 American Cancer Society. Survival Rates for Colorectal Cancer. Accessed February 15, 2024. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/colon-rectal-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html.

3 Siegel RL, Giaquinto AN, Jemal A. Cancer statistics, 2024. CA Can J Clin. Published online January 17, 2024. doi:10.3322/caac.21820. Accessed February 21, 2024.

4 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2024. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2024/2024-cancer-facts-and-figures-acs.pdf. Accessed February 21, 2024. Accessed February 21, 2024.

5 American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2020-2022. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures-2020-2022.pdf.

6 American Cancer Society. Colorectal Cancer Facts & Figures 2020-2022. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures/colorectal-cancer-facts-and-figures-2020-2022.pdf.

7 American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2024. https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/cancer-org/research/cancer-facts-and-statistics/annual-cancer-facts-and-figures/2024/2024-cancer-facts-and-figures-acs.pdf. Accessed February 21, 2024.


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