Researchers have known that first-degree relatives of colorectal cancer patients are at higher risk of the disease, but a new study shows second- and third-degree relatives also are more likely to develop cancer or polyps. Researchers presenting at the American College of Gastroenterology annual meeting said the findings also suggest a need to expand screening recommendations for first-degree relatives. Medscape (free registration)
Each year more than 140,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with colon cancer and approximately 50,000 will die from the disease. All men and women are at risk for colon cancer. However, because of disproportionate screening rates, minorities, including Hispanics, are more likely to be diagnosed with colon cancer in advanced stages.
Despite improvements to the pill cam, the manufacturer admits the rate of false negatives is still too high to consider the camera-in-a-capsule a replacement for colonoscopy.