Too Many Colonoscopies in Over-75s?

A study published in the March 11 JAMA-Internal Medicine suggests that 23 percent of over-75-year-olds have colonoscopies that may be “potentially inappropriate” according to national guidelines which include an upper age limit, as well as how often negative colonoscopies should be repeated. In a retrospective population study, University of Texas researchers looked at billings for 100…  Read More

Partial Fix for Unexpected Colonoscopy Charges

Some people who go in for a routine screening colonoscopy (fully covered by most insurance) can end up with a surprise bill of several hundred dollars, if the doctor detected and removed one or more polyps. Under current law, Medicare beneficiaries must pay a coinsurance when their screening colonoscopy also involves the removal of polyps or other…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer Is (or Could Be) the Poster Child for Cancer Prevention

February is Cancer Prevention Month, and colorectal cancer (CRC) is a poster child, as one of the few cancers that can be literally seen and removed before it becomes cancer, or can be caught early enough in regular screening to be literally cured. Ponder these facts, based on 20 years of experience and summarized by Linda…  Read More

Texas Native Wins A Free Screening and a Second Chance

“A cook-off saved my life.” That’s what Brett Gallaway wrote on his Facebook page on October 3, 2012, after reality sank in. He’d just heard from his doctor that a precancerous polyp had been found during his screening colonoscopy.  A polyp that, if left in place, could have developed into full-blown colorectal cancer. “I didn’t even know I…  Read More

Detailing Inconsistencies On Who Has to Pay for Their Polyps

The Kaiser Family Foundation, working with the American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Round Table, today released results of its investigation into the problem of patients being billed unexpectedly for costs of colonoscopies initiated at routine screening tests. Fight Colorectal Cancer was one of the organizations that contributed to the report. One way the new…  Read More

Have They Found a Better Colonoscopy Prep?

Ask almost anyone after their first colonoscopy, and they’ll tell you, “The procedure was nothing, but the prep was awful.” Now patients are reporting that combining MiraLAX®, an over-the-counter laxative, with 2 quarts of Gatorade tastes better and is easier to take than the standard 4-quart Golytely colonoscopy preparation. In a randomized clinical trial , almost…  Read More