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60 percent of at risk Americans over 50 haven't been screened for colorectal cancer.

After analyzing data from the US Census Bureau and the CDC National Interview Survey, experts claim that nearly 60% of Americans over 50 face an average risk of colorectal cancer but haven't been screened. To perform a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy on all these people would be unachievable so, it would be ideal if people did a blood-in-stool test first and only if this was positive, then have a colonoscopy. This would avoid unnecessary expensive tests.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health

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About: 60 percent of at risk Americans over 50 haven't been screened for colorectal cancer.

Date: 17 December 2004

Source: Reuters Health

URL: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=571&ncid=751&e=11&u=/nm/20041217/hl_nm/colon_cancer_dc

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