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Colon Cancer Blog: Not Enough People Getting Colon Cancer Screening

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Nov 28, 2005

Not Enough People Getting Colon Cancer Screening

Not Enough People Getting Colon Cancer Screening
This number should read as 100 percent, but sadly it only reads as 54 percent. I can only feel sorry for those folks who avoid colonoscopy, because by regular routine colonoscopy you can almost eliminate the risk of developing colon cancer by removing those polyps, which are pre-cancerous condition.

Once in three year colonoscopy screening is recommended for every adult male and female but only 54 percent of these people undergo routine colonoscopy screening.

Also, like any other type of cancer, cure rates for colorectal cancer are high when the disease is detected and treated early. Currently, it is recommended that people 50 years of age or older and those at a high risk for colorectal cancer, be screened for the disease. Screening methods include testing for blood in the stool (fecal occult blood test), sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, and barium enema.

To determine the extent to which primary care patients are receiving recommended colorectal cancer screening, researchers evaluated patients enrolled in a large managed care organization based in Detroit. The study involved 21,833 patients who were between the ages of 55 and 70.

The study showed that only 54% of patients received recommended colorectal cancer screening and among patients who were screened, colonoscopy was the most common screening procedure and was used by 40% of screened patients.


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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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