The preparations necessary for a colonoscopy can be as unpleasant as the test itself, if not more so. A new test can be completed at home and requires no special prep, but the test is more likely to return a false positive, requiring further testing. Show More Summary
Colonoscopy may be getting all the attention as the preferred way to screen for colon cancer, but a tried and true method that doesn’t require a hospital visit (or as much discomfort) may be just as effective
The American College of Radiology (ACR), together with the Colon Cancer Alliance and other advocacy groups, want you to know that they’re urging Medicare to cover seniors for “virtual” colonoscopy screening (also known as CT colonography). Show More Summary
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In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new screening test for colon cancer, making it the first blood-based test for this type of cancer. While this test does make it more convenient for people to get screened for colon cancer, it is also less exact than the current screening methods. Show More Summary
A multi-institution collaboration has published research on a tissue-engineering method that allows forward genetics screening on human tissue. The team created a human colon model by first deleting cells from normal human colon tissue, while retaining most of the molecules to which the cells adhere. Show More Summary
A multi-institution collaboration - including researchers from Cornell and Weill Cornell Medicine - has published research on a tissue-engineering method that allows forward genetics screening on human tissue.
Ludwig researchers working in collaboration with colleagues in Australia and the US have shown that fragments of tumor DNA circulating in the blood can be used to gauge the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence and the efficacy of chemotherapy following surgery. Show More Summary
People who visit their primary care physicians are more likely to get potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings and follow up on abnormal stool blood test results - even in health systems that heavily promote mail-in home stool blood tests that don't require a doctor visit, a study involving UT Southwestern population health researchers shows.
It’s a predictable passage in life: Hit 50, get lots birthday cards with old-age jokes, a mailbox full of AARP solicitations — and a colonoscopy. But millions of Americans — about one-third of those i...
Colonoscopies save lives. Routine colon cancer screening with tests like colonoscopies help find pre-cancers at a time when they can be removed, so they don’t have time to become life-threatening cancers. Yet many Americans, including Medicare recipients, don’t undergo regular colon cancer screening, in part because of money. Medicare should fix [...]
Kevin Lomangino is managing editor of HealthNewsReview.org. He tweets as @KLomangino. Colon cancer is on the decline, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that colon cancer screening — and the increased adoption of colonoscopies in particular — is the reason. Show More Summary
Traditional colonoscopy is best at finding cancer. Less invasive screenings are not as definitive, but they’re better than nothing.
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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is a colonoscopy still recommended for everyone when they turn 50? Are there other options? I am 54 and have no health issues and no family history of colon cancer, so have not yet been screened. ANSWER: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that everyone between the ages of 50 and […]
Every year in the United States, more people die of lung cancer than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined. The good news is that screening for lung cancer saves lives. The question is: who should be screened? In a recent study, Mayo Clinic researchers found that the current Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for […]