Catch a Killer with CSI:NY's Hill Harper

Catch a Killer: Get Screened for Colon Cancer reminds African Americans to be screened for colorectal cancer. CSI:NY actor Hill Harper urges screening for colorectal cancer in a new PSA from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Guidelines suggest that those at average risk begin screening at age 50, however, some studies have shown that…  Read More

Experts Recommend Changes for Colorectal Screening Access and Quality

The first priority of an expert panel looking at increasing the number of people being screened for colorectal cancer was to “Eliminate financial barriers to colorectal cancer screening and appropriate follow up.” Meeting for two days in Washington in February, a National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science conference considered what is known– and not known– about why…  Read More

Barriers and Facilitators for Colorectal Cancer Screening in Older People

Although Medicare pays for colorectal cancer screening, not all older people enrolled in Medicare are screened. Reviewing published medical literature, a task group from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable found research identifying both barriers to screening and factors that made it easier. The most frequently mentioned barrier related to healthcare providers was lack of a doctor’s…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: December 29

Briefly Factors related to the patient, year of surgery, and tumor itself and not surgeons or pathologists explain low lymph node counts after colon and rectal surgery.  Lack of colorectal cancer screening leads to emergency surgery and complications and death among the elderly. Americans without health insurance are more likely to die, even when factors like…  Read More

Colorectal Cancer News in Brief: October 23

Briefly: Health care providers are less likely to recommend colorectal cancer screening to their patients with a high school education or less.  IV ibuprofen enhances morphine to control post-operative pain, reducing pain and letting patients use less morphine. Superspreaders with dirty hands infect large numbers of patients with hospital-borne infections. The United Ostomy Associations of America…  Read More