New data confirms that routine colonoscopy screening is an effective test for colorectal cancer among adults who have a normal risk of developing the disease. Moreover, these findings support current public health recommendations for screening colonoscopy every 10 years in adults aged 50-75 years. Other interesting findings below:
- Screening colonoscopy cut the risk for new-onset colorectal cancer by 51%, that the benefit from a single colonoscopy screen extended beyond 7 years.
- Colonoscopy worked better than screening sigmoidoscopy.
- When people had two, three, or more screening colonoscopies over time their risk of incident colorectal cancer fell further than after a single screening (two colonoscopies cut the risk by 59% and three or more colonoscopies cut the risk by 64%).
The study used data from two large, prospective, U.S. observational studies: the Nurses’ Health Study, which began in 1976 and initially included 121,700 U.S. women, and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which began in 1986 and included 51,529 men.
Do you have questions about colonoscopy screening? Or do you need to schedule one? Call the Bon Secours Colorectal Center at (757) 673-5970 and the patient navigator can help educate you about your colorectal health needs. If possible, you should also talk with your primary care physician about his or her recommendations.
Source: OncologyPractice.com “Colonoscopy’s Efficacy Confirmed in Average-Risk Adults”