Screening Rates Go Down for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Colorectal cancer screening rates for colorectal cancer improved between 2000 and 2008 for white, black and Asian-Americans aged 50 and over—but barely improved for Hispanics and actually worsed for American Indians and Alaska Natives. The latest statistics, just reported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on March 23, found that: In 2008, among…  Read More

Aussie Study Supports National Screening Program

As the Australian government considers the future of its National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, Australian and US researchers provide compelling evidence of the cost-effectiveness of expanding the national screening program. Australia has one of the highest colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality rates in the world. Its current screening program (costing about $29 million a year) provides a…  Read More

Screening Rates Creep Up . . . But Leave Many Behind

Overall, colorectal cancer screening rates were higher in 2008 than in 2006. By 2008 almost 2 of every 3 Americans over the age of 50 had either had a fecal occult blood test in the past year or sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy within the past ten years. Health insurance made a huge different with two-thirds (66.6 percent)…  Read More

Widespread Early Screening for Lynch Syndrome is Cost-Effective . . . and Saves Lives

If doctors ask  healthy people simple questions about cancers in their families, they can find people who are at increased risk for Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that greatly increases risk for colorectal and uterine cancer. Doctors can use a simple set of screening questions available online to pinpoint an individual’s risk before that person ever…  Read More

FIT Beats All Other Screening for Effectiveness and Cost

In a computer simulation, FIT — fecal immunochemical testing — done every year saved more lives and cost the least of any colorectal cancer screening method, including colonoscopy. The computer model looked at 100,000 average risk people and compared screening methods results for number of colorectal cancer cases number of colorectal cancer deaths cost of screening…  Read More

Improved Stool Screening Test Finds DNA Changes

Too many people avoid colonoscopy.  Too invasive, they say.  Too scary, too risky. There may be an answer for them in an improved stool test that looks for DNA that is changed in both colorectal cancer and some precancerous polyps. Of course, if the stool test identifies possible polyps or cancer, a colonoscopy is critical to…  Read More