ACG Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines

In their new colorectal screening guidelines, the American College of Gastroenterology, says that colonoscopy, beginning at age 50 and performed every 10 years, is the “preferred” screening test for colorectal cancer.  They recommend that physicians first offer this test alone rather than a menu of…

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What's the Risk of Cancer after Polyps are Removed?

Five years after a colonoscopy found and removed polyps, one in ten patients will have a new advanced polyp and six in every thousand will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Pooling studies that followed up nearly 10,000 men and women who had a polyp removed…

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North Carolina Gastroenterologists Offer Free Colonoscopies

Digestive Health Specialists, located in Winston-Salem NC, will provide free screening colonoscopies to 50 people impacted by the economic turndown.  Patients who are over 50, have not been screened, and  have lost jobs and health insurance are eligible to apply. Colonoscopies will be performed in…

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Quality Standards Key for Colonoscopies Says AGA

It’s important to have standards for quality colonoscopy and to be sure that quality measures are included in doctors’ reports after each procedure. In light of the recently published study showing colonoscopy impact on deaths from colorectal cancer, the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) points out…

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ACG Responds to Canadian Colonoscopy Study

Even if the reduction in deaths from colorectal cancer proves to be lower than previously expected, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) says that quality colonoscopy is still the best strategy for the detection of polyps and cancer.

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Colonoscopies Not Perfect in Stopping Colorectal Cancer Deaths

The percentage of colorectal cancer deaths prevented by colonoscopy may be overestimated. While still very effective in preventing colorectal cancer and deaths from the disease, limits of the test may be larger than previously thought.  Patients need to know that having colonoscopy does not guarantee…

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Finding Polyps Missed During Colonoscopies for Lynch Syndrome

Lynch syndrome (also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer) greatly increases the risk for colon and rectal cancer. People with the gene have about an 8 in 10 chance of getting colon cancer during their lives. Because Lynch cancers develop quickly and grow rapidly, it’s…

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Positive FOBT Should Trigger Colonoscopy

Even if a patient had a previous clear colonoscopy or all polyps seen on that exam were removed, a new positive fecal occult blood test (FOBT) calls for a repeat colonoscopy. After 21,600 clear colonoscopies done at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Phoenix, 57…

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Improved Colonoscope Finds More Polyps

Doctors using a new optical device mounted on the end of their scopes, found significantly more polyps in the colon during routine colonoscopies.  Called the Third Eye Retroscope™, it lets gastroenterologists see both forward and backward as the scope moves through the colon. Although colonoscopy…

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