Colon Cancer Screening Tied to Better Outcomes

July 1, 2013

According to a new study, people who are diagnosed with colon cancer after routine colonoscopies tend to have better outcomes and less advanced cancers than people diagnosed based on symptoms. Those who were diagnosed with colon cancer as a result of symptoms were three times more likely to die during the study than the patients diagnosed after colonoscopy screenings, researchers found. "It's in line with its current use. It shows that colonoscopy appears to be beneficial in reducing deaths in those diagnosed with colorectal cancer," Chyke Doubeni, MD, MPH, presidential associate professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, told Reuters Health. Doubeni, who studies colonoscopy use but was not involved in the new study, says the research supports the practice that we should be screened for colorectal cancer, but, he added, "I wouldn't go as far to say colonoscopy is the only thing that should be used."

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