Patients Not Keeping Up with FOBT Screening

Once is not enough for FOBT! Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)  is an effective colorectal cancer screening method, but it needs to be repeated every one or two years to reduce the risk of dying from colon or rectal cancer. But almost half of a group of insured patients initially screened with fecal occult blood testing…  Read More

Get Screened South Dakota!

The South Dakota colorectal cancer screening program has gone statewide! GetScreenedSD has expanded from six pilot clinics to more than 200 clinics across the state of South Dakota. People age 50 and over are encouraged to be screened for this preventable cancer, either with a take-home test or a colonoscopy. Financial help is available for those…  Read More

More Choices Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Use

When people were offered a personal choice of either FOBT or colonoscopy screening by their primary care provider, more actually completed the test they chose than if only one option was offered. In a study of  1,000 ethnically and racially diverse people, the lowest percentage had a colonoscopy when that was the only test offered.  More…  Read More

One-Time Flex Sig Cuts Colorectal Cancer Deaths

One flexible sigmoidoscopy screening between the ages of 55 and 64 reduced both colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths during a randomized clinical trial in the United Kingdom. After following 170,000 people for more than 11 years, deaths from colorectal cancer were 43 percent lower among those who had a flexible sigmoidoscopy screening.  Diagnosis of colorectal cancer…  Read More

UK Screening Efforts Find Cancer Earlier

First results from the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program in the United Kingdom found significantly more colorectal cancers in early, curable stages than in the years before the program began. Nearly half of the cancers found during screening were stage I (Dukes A), while previously only 1 in 10 were diagnosed at that earliest stage. However,…  Read More

Blacks Less Likely to Get Screening Follow-up

African Americans get more colorectal cancer than whites and die more often. Whether this is because of different biology or lack of access to high-quality medical care has long been debated. In a new study, blacks had very similar rates of polyps found during a screening flexible sigmoidoscopy.  But they were less likely to get a…  Read More