Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Colonoscopy helps to decrease deaths from cancer

Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, have found that Colon screening through colonoscopy reduces the chances of death from colon cancer by upto 53%.

Researchers worked on 2602 patients, who underwent screening from 1980 to 1990, and publihed their findings in The New England Journal of Medicine.

From SayPeople,
In colonoscopy, a camera is inserted into the intestine to check for the cautious polyps. In case, there is no family history of colon cancer and first test is normal then further tests are done every 10 years. Other forms of colon cancer screening are stool tests and sigmoidoscopy, which is almost similar to colonoscopy but doesn’t involve detailed examination of the intestine.
This study confirms that the screening of colorectal cancer is very important. According to the American Cancer Society, increased screening and improved lifestyle resulted in decline of death rates as a result of cancer.

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