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Colon cancer blog: Colon Cancer Screening Less Beneficial Above 70 Years

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Nov 17, 2005

Colon Cancer Screening Less Beneficial Above 70 Years

Colon Cancer Screening Less Beneficial Above 70 Years
It would seem rational that screening for cancers in their earliest, most curable stages would be more beneficial for the patients. But while the lives of some people over 70 could be saved by screening, for others the potential for damage associated with screening could outweigh the benefits.


"Colorectal cancer screening is associated with both risks and benefits," Dr. Cynthia W. Ko from the University of Washington, Seattle, told Reuters Health.


Dr. Ko said that the goal behind this analysis is to make the patients and health care providers aware of both the risks and benefits of colorectal cancer screening. The older patients with significant comorbidities are less likely to benefit from this screening.


The researchers have identified four groups who would not be benefited from colorectal cancer screening. Men who are 75 to 84 years old with poor health condition; men above 85 years with average or poor health; women with poor health in the age group of 80 to 89 years; and women above 90 years with average or poor health. The researchers have noted that the risk of complications altered with the screening method of colon cancer.


Dr. Ko has concluded by saying that the decision to pursue screening should be individualized and the life expectancy, comorbidity and preference of the patient should also be taken into account.


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Colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is a malignant tumor that arises from the inner wall of the large intestine or rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third commonest cancer diagnosed in the United States. Each year over 100,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States. Most, of these cancers develop from growths in the colon called polyps. Removal of these polyps can prevent colon cancer.

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