Fighting Colorectal Cancer on Many Fronts

Indran Krishnan, MD, FRCP (London), FRCP(C), FACP, FACG is fighting colorectal cancer on many fronts. As a gastroenterologist, he personally screens people every week. As an associate professor at Emory University, he trains the next generation of physicians. As an advocate, he serves on Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Board of Directors, and was a founding member of…  Read More

OB-GYNs Urge Colorectal Cancer Screening for Their Patients

Can your annual visit to your gynecologist save your life? Every year more than 70,000 women are diagnosed with colorectal cancer.   Many of those women see a gynecologist for an annual check-up.  In fact, the gynecologist may be their primary health care provider with a unique opportunity to help women decide on colorectal cancer screening. A…  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

Annual Fecal Occult Blood Test Cost-Effective Screening Option

What’s the best way to get large groups of people screened for colorectal cancer? Surprisingly it may not be colonoscopy but fecal occult blood testing (FOBT). A computer model has found annual home testing with a  fecal occult  blood test, either Hemoccult II® or Hemoccult SENSA®,  is more cost-effective than colonoscopy every 10 years to screen…  Read More

Screening Rates Improving, but Inequalities Remain

One out of three Americans who needs colorectal cancer screening hasn’t gotten it. There are 22 million men and women in the US who haven’t had a life-saving test than can prevent colorectal cancer. But the good news is that screening rates are going up.  In 2000, half of people who should have been screened reported…  Read More

Capsule Colonoscopy Has Low Sensitivity

A swallowed capsule equipped with a video camera didn’t find as many polyps as conventional colonoscopy and missed 5 of 19 cancers. Sensitivity improved with a well-cleaned colon. Doctors in Europe examined 328 patients who either had colon disease or were suspected of having it with both a capsule colonoscopy and traditional optical colonoscopy.  The capsule…  Read More