A third of older adults have not been appropriately screened for colon cancer.
Mike Magee The CDC and colon cancer in the U.S. are back in the news. This time, it’s the warning that colon screening rates have flattened out. Roughly 1/3 of Americans (23 million people) in the screening age range (50 to 75) have had no screening of any type.(1,2) For a cancer that’s the number [...]
A Cedars-Sinai physician and colon cancer expert is available to comment on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report that too few patients, age 50 to 75, are screened by colonoscopy or less invasive test options.
Up to 10% of colorectal cancers could be missed by current screening programs of people who have a family history of colon polyps. This is according to a study published in the journal Cancer. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the US according to the American Cancer Society. Show More Summary
For people with a family history of adenomas (colon polyps that lead to colon cancer), up to 10 percent of colorectal cancers could be missed when current national screening guidelines are followed.
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PHILADELPHIA — A new, highly sensitive method to detect genetic variations that initiate colon cancer could be readily used for noninvasive colon cancer screening, according to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. read more
Researchers have found that participation in a campaign for colon cancer screening was significantly higher when a non-invasive test was promoted, rather than a colonoscopy. Although the non-invasive test must be conducted more regularly to cancer screening, the study suggests that it could strongly increase the number of people being screened. A study of nearly […]
Organized mailing campaigns could substantially increase colorectal cancer screening among uninsured patients, a study published in the August 5 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine reveals. The research also suggests that a non-invasive...Show More Summary
A study of nearly 6,000 North Texas patients suggests sweeping changes be made to the standard of care strategy for colorectal screenings, finding that participation rates soared depending on the screening method offered and how patient outreach was done.
By Seth Shaw: Exact Sciences (EXAS) (EXAS or the "Company") is the Wisconsin-based company behind the overhyped soon to fail colon cancer screening test known as Cologuard. As such, we believe that the fair value for this persistently...Show More Summary
A previously proven telephone outreach intervention delivered by research-based staff to increase colorectal cancer (CRC) screening was successfully translated to the health plan arena with staff of a Medicaid managed care organization (MMCO) increasing (CRC) screening rates by one-third to nearly double among publicly insured urban women in this study...
Patients with colon cancer identified on screening colonoscopy appear to have lower-stage disease on presentation and better outcomes independent of their staging, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Surgery, a JAMA Network publication. Show More Summary
For early detection of colorectal (colon) cancer, statutory health insurance in Germany offers a fecal occult blood test free of charge to all insured persons starting at 50 years of age. In addition, those 55 or older are entitled to an endoscopic examination of the colon (colonoscopy). Show More Summary
Screening rates increase even more when doctors discuss details of screening tests, Kaiser Permanente study finds Patients who visited their doctor for any reason were nearly six times more likely to be screened for colon cancer compared...Show More Summary
No one looks forward to screening tests for colon and rectal cancers. But under the Affordable Care Act, patients are at least supposed to save on out-of-pocket costs for them. Coverage is not always clear, however, and despite the federal government’s clarifications, consumers still have questions. Read full article >>
Actor Robert Reed, famous for playing Mike Brady on the beloved '70s sitcom The Brady Bunch, died in 1992 of colon cancer. Reed may have been America's Dad for the first half of the decade, but off screen he was a closeted gay man who was HIV positive at the time of his death. Show More Summary
March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month Colon cancer, the number two cancer killer in the United States, is often preventable and highly curable. "It's important for people to understand that with proper screening, colon cancer can not only be detected early, but often can be prevented from developing," says Dr. Show More Summary
Colonoscopy is one of the most effective cancer screening procedures available. Colon cancer grows very slowly and can be treated if caught early through screening. But, perhaps because of this success, older Americans are undergoing screening colonoscopies despite recommendations against screening in adults aged 76 and older. read more