Confirmation that colonoscopies are worthwhile

flickr.com/photos/jpmatth/ 415218709Medicare study confirms colonoscopy’s benefit.  Medicare watches their pennies—I appreciate that.  Medicare assisted this study of 50,000 older adults which revealed colonoscopies were associated with a significant 73% reduction in right-sided colon cancer and 54% decrease of left-sided colon cancer, compared to those who were not screened.

Screening colonoscopies suggested start age is 50 years old and, if there are no polyps, should be repeated every 10 years.  If there are polyps found, they should be biopsied or taken out completely at the time of colonoscopy.  Depending on what type of cells are found by the pathologists (doctors who look at cells all day), a colonoscopy may need to be performed sooner than 10 years–the date to be determined by the type of cells found in the polyp.

Bowel prep, anyone?

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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