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Do You Need that Test? Wise Choices from Gastroenterologists

How soon should average risk people get another colorectal cancer screening after they have a normal colonoscopy? No sooner than 10 years, the American Gastroenterological Association recommends as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign. The AGA’s list of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question includes: Use the lowest possible effective dose of acid reducing medicines to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). After a negative, quality colonoscopy, don’t repeat colorectal cancer screening by any method for 10 years. After removing 1 or 2 small (less than 1 centimeter) adenomatous polyps without signs of cellular change (dysplasia), don’t repeat the colonoscopy for at least 5 years. After two endoscopies without dysplasia,

Choosing Wisely: What CancerTests and Treatments Do You Really Need?

Oncologists have joined eight other physician specialty organizations in the Choosing Wisely® campaign with a list of the Top Five Cancer-Related Tests, Procedures, and Treatments That Many Patients Do Not Need. Choosing Wisely asked each of the specialist groups to come up with a list of five things doctors and patients should question in order to improve evidence-based care, avoid tests or treatments that don’t help, and reduce the burden of health care costs. Here are the Top Five lists from the other groups. The American Society of Clinical Oncology  built the Top Five List for Oncology, based on work that ASCO’s Cost of Care Task Force has been doing

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