Tag Archives: colonoscopy

Nuts and bolts on colon cancer screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force tells us who and when and how to test for which disease.   Their research takes into account patient population characteristics and the evidence. Who should be screened for colon cancer? All adults 50 to … Continue reading

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When (and which) can we stop doing screening tests?

I am often asked ” Do I still need. . . . mammograms? pap smears? prostate screening?” These are good questions. this depends on the patient’s current quality of life and life expectancy. Female cancers that are routinely screened for … Continue reading

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Here’s an app to help with pre-colonoscopy prep!

What will they think of next? There is now a smartphone app that gives bowel prep step-by-step instructions. You can even input the bowel prep prescribed and time of the endoscopy and then instructions and alerts will help guide you. … Continue reading

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Screening colonoscopies are receiving high marks!

Screening colonoscopy cut the incidence of colorectal cancers by 51% compared with patients without colonoscopy!  Wow! Here are the nuts and bolts: This was in a study of 170,000 people followed up to 24 years. The benefit from a single … Continue reading

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Confirmation that colonoscopies are worthwhile

Medicare 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 … Continue reading

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Exercise and help colon health. What does that mean?

Would you like another reason to exercise? How does reduced risk of colon polyps and thereby possibly less often colonoscopies sound?!  An interesting study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York of nearly 1000 patient showed that one hour … Continue reading

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