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Patients need to be more aware of the effectiveness of various colorectal cancer screening options

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US and researchers want everybody over 50 to have a colonoscopy as digital fecal occult blood tests left 95% of cancers undiagnosed. Fecal occult blood tests done at home left more than 76% of cancer undiagnosed. Early detection of precancerous polyps through colonoscopies or flexible sigmoidoscopies allows early treatment which can prevent colorectal cancers developing. Another screening test for colorectal cancer is a barium enema. Patients need to discuss with their health care provider which screening test best suits their needs and risk levels.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Senior Journal

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About: Patients need to be more aware of the effectiveness of various colorectal cancer screening options

Date: 21 January 2005

Source: Senior Journal

URL: http://www.seniorjournal.com/NEWS/Health/5-01-21FecalOccult.htm

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