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Mailing testing kits to people’s homes lowers costs and increases screening.
Annual fecal immunochemical testing is inexpensive and effective.
Patients prescribed meds to lower their blood pressure were less likely to develop this cancer years after a negative colonoscopy.
This finding means those considered at low risk for colon cancer might be able to safely delay a subsequent scan.
Screening appointments for cervix, colon and breast cancer are down between 86% and 94%.
A recent analysis suggests that family-based screening could have caught colorectal earlier in many patients.
What’s the best time to start these important cancer screenings?
Former Rockette Jennifer Jones followed health guidelines and got a colonoscopy at age 50. Then she learned she had Stage III colon cancer.
Doctors discovered a polyp that had to be removed and tested for cancer.
Failure to catch cancer early means many younger patients are diagnosed with advanced disease.
Screening rates for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer are still below public health targets.
Many experts believe that because they can detect colon cancer, the benefit of colonoscopies outweighs the risk of infection.
Updated guidelines address rising risk among younger adults.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
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