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Colorectal Cancer Updates 2015

Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives, Experts Reaffirm

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

U.S. adults should choose the type of colon cancer screening they feel most comfortable with, the government-backed U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now advises.

The updated recommendation, directed at people aged 50 to 75, is a departure from the influential panel's 2008 guidance, which said people in that age group should be screened on a specific time table using one of four tests.

Half at Night and Half in the Morning a Better Way To Prepare for Colonoscopies

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gastroenterologists and other physicians are virtually unanimous in appreciating the vital importance of colonoscopy screenings. In preparation for colonoscopies, we direct patients to drink a large volume of bowel-cleansing liquid, usually in one day. Past studies have shown that splitting this dose—drinking half the night before and half in the morning before the procedure—leads to better bowel cleansing compared with drinking the entire dose the night before.

Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Although overall colon cancer rates are declining, the rates among Americans under 50 have jumped more than 11 percent in the past decade, a new study finds.

Over the same decade, the number of cancers in those 50 and older fell by nearly 3 percent, the study found.

"Our findings suggest that health care providers should be more vigilant about detecting symptoms in younger patients and also should consider lowering the threshold for colonoscopy screening," lead researcher Dr. Elie Sutton said during a media briefing. Sutton is a research fellow at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York City.

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