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Virtual Colonoscopy Effective Screening Method

Computerized tomographic colonography (CTC), so-called virtual colonoscopy, proved accurate in locating colon polyps or cancers 10 millimeters or larger in a large study conducted in a number of community centers across the United States.  The x-ray-based test found 90 percent of l0 millimeter polyps identified by traditional colonoscopy, which uses a lighted tube inserted into the rectum to view the colon.

Lack of Insurance and Regular Medical Care Influences Colorectal Cancer Screening

Half of Americans over 50 have not been screened for colorectal cancer according to a new survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The 2005 National Health Survey interviewed 31,000 adults, including 13,500 who were over 50.  It found that 50 percent of people over the age of 50 had been screened for colorectal cancer, but the other half had not.  While this was an improvement over the 43 percent screening rate in 2000, it was far from desirable according to the researchers who analyzed the information.

Colonoscopy Screening Rates Rise in New York City

Colonoscopy screening increased by 50 percent in New York City in the past five years, with the biggest increase occurring among minorities. Much of the improvement is credited to a coalition of doctors, city officials, union workers, and hospital administrators belonging to the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition, known as C5. The Coalition adopted a single colorectal cancer screening recommendation:  all people of average risk over the age of 50 have a colonoscopy every ten years.  People with a family history or other risk factors would be screened more often. Funding was available to cover the uninsured. One factor that led to success was using patient navigators to