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  • To Boost Colon Cancer Screening, Use the Mail

  • Too Few Americans Getting Screened for Cancer: CDC

  • Colonoscopies, Endoscopies Carry Greater Infection Risk Than Thought: Study

  • New Guidelines Lower Colon Cancer Screening Age to 45

  • Blue's Clues: Adding Dye to Colonoscopy May Boost Detection

  • Colon Polyp Type May Be Key to Cancer Risk

  • Health Tip: Prepare for a Colonoscopy

  • Study Confirms Lifesaving Value of Colonoscopy

  • Early Colon Cancer Screening Advised for Some

  • Could Your Colonoscopy Raise Your Risk for Appendicitis?

  • Could a Blood Test Spot Early Stage Colon Cancer?

  • $100 Sweetens the Pot for a Colonoscopy
    Study found those who were offered cash to get cancer screening were twice as likely to do so

  • Easier Colon Exam Boosts Screening, But Insurers May Not Pay
    People with coverage for virtual colonoscopy are more likely to get tested for colon cancer, study finds

  • Cancer Deaths Higher in Rural America, CDC Reports
    Agency head calls persistent geographic gap a 'significant public health problem'

  • Too Many Americans Still Go Without Cancer Screenings
    Report shows uninsured had lowest rates of mammograms, Pap tests and colonoscopies

  • Delay a Needed Colonoscopy at Your Own Risk
    After a stool test shows potential trouble, speedy follow-up could be key, study finds

  • Many Disabled Adults Aren't Screened for Colon Cancer: Study
    Transportation issues, lack of awareness and other barriers may be at issue

  • Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies
    Study finds that a limited life span offsets the benefits of the screening test

  • Keep Colon Cancer at Bay
    Colonoscopy best way to detect disease while still curable, gastroenterologist says

  • Colon Cancer Rates, Deaths Drop in Americans Over 50
    Report suggests higher screening rates explain the positive trend

  • Live Healthy, Live Longer
    Regular checkups, exercise, no smoking, better diet and balance between work and play can add years, health expert says

  • Obamacare Boosts Breast Cancer Screening, Study Finds
    Waiving costs appears to improve mammography rates, but not colonoscopy, even among the poor

  • Some Low-Income, Uninsured Patients Aren't Referred for Colonoscopy
    Follow-up is not consistent, even if they're part of 'safety net' health program

  • To Help Prevent Colon Cancer, 'Listen to Your Gut'
    Belly pain and black or bloody stools should not be ignored, doctor says

  • Study: Colonoscopy After 75 May Not Be Worth It
    But, expert says age shouldn't be only criterion for screening for colon cancer

  • Time to Drop the 'No-Eating Rule' Before Colonoscopy?
    Consuming limited amount of low-fiber food day before didn't disrupt procedure, study finds

  • Happy Marriage May Prompt Men to Get Colonoscopy: Study
    Women encourage healthful behaviors in their husbands, but look to others for advice about their own preventive care

  • Health Tip: Restrict Your Diet Before Colonoscopy
    Limit fiber several days in advance of the exam

  • More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer, Analysis Finds
    Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them

  • Study Finds Stool Test Effective for Detecting Colon Cancer
    Colonoscopy still preferred screening, but this offers less invasive option, researchers say

  • Colonoscopy Findings Fade Quickly From Memory
    Study found the more time between checks, the less likely patients remembered the results

  • Longer Colonoscopy Time May Cut Cancer Risk
    Viewing time of less than 6 minutes linked to higher cancer rates, study finds

  • 'Scoring System' May Spot Those in Greatest Need of Colonoscopy
    But one expert cautions that even 'low risk' patients can still develop suspicious polyps

  • Colon Cancer Deaths Falling, But 3 U.S. Regions Lag Behind
    Rates aren't improving as much in parts of the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and eastern Virginia, study finds

  • The Doctor Who Does Your Colonoscopy Matters
    Those with higher polyp detection rates prevent more cancers, save more lives, study says

  • Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study
    Those with a family history of disease should have screening at age 40, but only 38 percent do

  • Many Americans Not Getting Routine Cancer Screenings: CDC
    These include tests for colon, breast and cervical malignancies

  • Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?
    Bacterial 'bunches' were prevalent on colon polyps, cancers, study found

  • 'Purpose in Life' a Boon to Your Health
    Study found those who felt their life had meaning were more likely to get screening tests such as colonoscopies, mammograms

  • Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior
    Study found those who knew they had greater chance of getting colon cancer no more likely to be screened

  • Polyp Removal Doesn't Always Signal Raised Colon Cancer Risk, Study Says
    Findings suggest doctors may repeat colonoscopies unnecessarily

  • FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test
    DNA analysis of stool boosts accuracy rate of Cologuard to more than 90 percent, researchers say

  • Sigmoidoscopy Does Cut Risk of Dying From Colon Cancer: Study
    But experts note most Americans get colonoscopies instead

  • Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds
    Research in Southern California VA system points to lack of primary care doctor as one factor

  • First-Time Colon Cancer Screening May Be Beneficial for Elderly
    Healthy seniors might gain an extra month or more of life by getting checked, study suggests

  • New Colon Polyp Removal Method May Be Easier on Patients
    Shorter hospital stays, less blood loss, earlier return to normal eating seen in study

  • FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of At-Home Colon Cancer Test
    DNA analysis of stool boosts accuracy rate of Cologuard to more than 90 percent, researchers say

  • New Stool Test Shows Promise as Colon Cancer Screen
    DNA analysis boosts accuracy rate to more than 90 percent, researchers say

  • At-Home Stool Test for Colon Cancer Called Accurate, But Not Foolproof
    Review of 19 studies found the exam spotted the disease about 79 percent of the time

  • 1 in 3 Not Meeting Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines: CDC
    Several testing options available for adults aged 50 and older

  • Colon Cancer Screenings Work, Twin Studies Report
    Colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and even fecal blood testing all lower risk of cancer death

  • Mailed Invites May Boost Colon Cancer Screening Rates: Study
    Offering a free colonoscopy or at-home test increased participation among uninsured

  • Prepping for a Colonoscopy: Why It's a Necessary Evil
    Though new techniques are on the horizon, doctors say colon-cleansing is here to stay

  • Delaying Colonoscopy Puts Man in Grave Danger
    A little 'short-term hassle' may have prevented stage 2 cancer, Wisconsin resident says

  • Seniors Getting Unnecessary Colonoscopies: Study
    23 percent of those over 70 undergo screenings that are inappropriate, researchers say

  • Colonoscopy Cuts Advanced Cancer Risk by 70 Percent: Study
    Expert says annual fecal blood test is equally effective

  • Brief Life Expectancy Should Rule Out Certain Cancer Screenings: Study
    Risks outweigh benefits for those with few years left, researchers say

  • U.S. Cancer Screening Rates Dropping: Study
    Confusing guidelines, insurance gaps may discourage people from getting recommended testing

  • Colonoscopy Screening May Have Cut Colon Cancer Rates
    Large, 20-year study found upper colon cancer cases decreased as Medicare coverage expanded

  • New Prep for Colon Screen Uses Four Pills, Not Liquid Laxative
    Researchers think the easier regimen will encourage more to get 'virtual colonoscopy'

  • Missing Follow-Up Colonoscopies Could Raise Colon Cancer Risk
    Incomplete removal of polyps and poor follow-up are top factors for those at increased risk, researchers report

  • If Colonoscopy Picks Up Cancer Risk, Get Next Screen in 5 Years: Study
    But U.S. recommendations call for 3-year interval after high-risk polyps removed

  • New Drug Approved for Colonoscopy Preparation
    To help cleanse the colon

  • No Dip in Cancer Screening for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
    Preventive health care is essential for people with chronic diseases, study authors say

  • Health Tip: Preparing for Colonoscopy
    Including avoiding solid foods

  • Colonoscopy May Detect Curable Cancer in Elderly: Study
    Screening should be offered to healthy seniors who haven't been tested before, researchers say

  • Middle-Aged Diabetics May Need Earlier Colon Checks
    Type 2 disease linked with higher risk of precancerous lesions in those 40 to 49, study finds

  • Patients Prefer More Invasive Form of Colon Scan: Study
    They reported less pain with traditional colonoscopy than with 'virtual' imaging procedure

  • Study Supports Value of Sigmoidoscopy, an Alternative to Colonoscopy
    Research suggests the test can help prevent colon cancer incidence, deaths

  • Education Is Key to Health: Report
    Along with poverty, less schooling linked to more chronic disease, disability and shorter life

  • Blacks, Hispanics Have Higher Colon Polyp Risk Than Previously Thought
    Their rate of the precancerous colon growths was higher than that of whites, study finds

  • Researchers Test Laxative-Free Colon Scan
    But virtual procedure isn't ready for prime time yet, researchers say

  • Many Patients Skip Recommended Colonoscopy: Study
    Follow-through is more likely with other screening tests for colon cancer

  • Obese White Women Shying Away From Colon Cancer Screening
    Embarrassment may prompt some women to avoid the recommended tests, researchers say

  • New Stool Test Might Aid in Early Detection of Colon Cancer
    Unlike other such screens, researchers say the test isn't affected by certain lifestyle factors

  • Inadequate Bowel Prep May Invalidate Colonoscopy
    Study suggests procedure should be cancelled if visibility is poor

  • New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines Focus on Individual Risk
    Update emphasizes ordering tests based on each patient's odds of developing the disease

  • Too Many Americans Skipping Colon Cancer Screening
    Americans 50 and older who haven't had a colonoscopy screening should get one, experts urge

  • In Tougher Economy, Fewer Americans Get Colonoscopy
    High co-pays lead many to skip life-saving screen, study finds

  • Studies Offer More Evidence That Colonoscopy Saves Lives
    Study found 53% lower death rate in patients who had polyps removed during screening

  • Worries About Colonoscopy Unfounded: Study
    The 20-minute screening can detect those at risk for colorectal cancer

  • Alternative to Colonoscopy Spots Cancers, Too
    Study examines repeat sigmoidoscopy, a somewhat less-invasive screening method

  • Too Few Americans Getting Screened for Common Cancers: CDC
    National targets for breast, cervical and colon malignancies still not being met

  • Resolve to Take Colon Cancer Test, Experts Say
    Screening can catch precancerous growths at early, treatable stage

  • Could Listening to Mozart Help Doctors Spot Colon Polyps?
    It may temporarily boost mental skills used while performing colonoscopy, researchers say

  • Do Men Need Colon Cancer Screening Earlier Than Women Do?
    Austrian study finds more cancers at younger ages in men

  • Virtual Colonoscopy Still Has Its Skeptics
    Not all see new technology as better way to screen for colon cancer

  • Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer: Who, Me?
    People still confused by what test to have and when, experts say

  • Proper Bowel Prep Key to Effective Colon Cancer Screening: Study
    Inadequate cleansing results in high miss rate, researchers say

  • A Capsule Camera Instead of a Colonoscopy?
    Remote-controlled device captured images of entire colon, researchers report

  • Colonoscopy Better Than Alternative at Spotting Cancer in Seniors: Study
    But internist says sigmoidoscopy still has value

  • Study Questions Overuse of Colonoscopy in Medicare Patients
    Meanwhile, some vets who need cancer screens aren't getting them, other researchers find

  • Use of Virtual Colonoscopy on the Rise in U.S. Hospitals
    More patients undergoing this type of screening, despite lack of Medicare coverage, study finds

  • Geography May Influence Colon Cancer Screening Rates
    For non-whites, where they live seems to make a difference, research shows

  • Colonoscopies May Not Have 'Blind Spot' After All
    New study finds procedure can detect cancers on right side of colon, too

  • Online, Mail Reminders Improve Colon Cancer Screening Rates
    But the advantages tend to fade over time and screening rates are still low, researchers find

  • Too Many Cancers Still Spotted Too Late: CDC
    Screening rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers vary greatly among states, report finds

  • GI Endoscopy Complication Rates Higher Than Suspected: Study
    Although there were more problems than previously estimated, most were minor, researchers found

  • Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Chances of Colon Cancer
    People at high risk should consider taking it daily, experts say

  • Many With Terminal Cancer Still Getting Routine Screens
    Advanced cancer patients should not be put through futile testing at end of life, experts say

  • Early Detection Helps Man Beat Colon Cancer
    'I get to see my kids grow up,' Georgia resident says

  • Phone Reminders May Boost Colon Cancer Screenings
    Automated messages increased test rates by 30 percent, study found

  • Smoking Linked to Aggressive Colon Polyps: Study
    Findings may explain earlier onset of colorectal cancer in smokers, researchers say

  • New Test for Colon Cancer Under Development
    DNA stool testing is more likely to find early stage cancers and precancerous growths than current tests, researchers find

  • Colonoscopy Prep in a Pill May Be Easier to Swallow
    Tablet cuts the needed pre-procedure liquid intake in half, study says

  • Many Doctors Not Using Colon Cancer Test Properly
    Study found 75 percent depend on fecal occult blood test in office, not home tests

  • Blacks Less Likely to Get Follow-Up Colon Screening
    Those with abnormalities at initial screening often didn't have recommended colonoscopy, study shows

  • 'Virtual' Colonoscopy Catches Cancers Outside the Colon
    Study found it caught unsuspected tumors in one of every 200 patients

  • Colonoscopy Not Needed for Most With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Typical symptoms not an indicator of more serious disease, study finds

  • Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
    Studies find benefits, but others question validity of the link

  • New Polyp Detection Method Could Be Cost-Saver
    Optical technology is as accurate as colorectal tissue examination, study finds

  • Early Morning Colonoscopies May Find More Polyps
    Study suggests differences in patient preparation and doctor fatigue play a role

  • Blood Tests May Spot Colon Cancer
    Easier detection method might encourage more people to get screened, experts say

  • Colonoscopy Beats 'Camera Pill' at Catching Colon Cancer
    But less invasive detection method still shows promise, scientists say

  • Study Finds Possible Genetic Indicator of Colorectal Cancer
    If perfected, screening method could make disease detection easier, experts say

  • For Some, Virtual Colonoscopy May Be Just As Good
    Less invasive test might spur more people to be screened, experts say

  • Colonoscopy Risks Increase With Age and Illness
    Other screening methods for colon cancer may be safer for some older patients, researchers say

  • Colorectal Cancer Rates Rising for Under 50 Set
    Upturn is especially strong among those in their 20s, study finds

  • Weight May Affect Colonoscopy Success
    More rigorous prep is needed for obese people, study finds

  • Worth of Sigmoidoscopy Screening for Colon Cancer Still Uncertain
    Some reduction in mortality rates found, but experts say more follow-up needed

  • Deep Sleep May Improve Colonoscopy Results
    Study findings could have lifesaving potential

  • Many Childhood Cancer Survivors Not Checking for Second Malignancies
    Another study found some also suffer PTSD years after treatment

  • Colon Screenings Don't Follow Guidelines, Study Suggests
    VA study shows elderly ill men getting same screenings as healthy folks

  • What to Expect From a Colonoscopy
    While many patients are nervous, doctors say it isn't as scary as some believe

  • Family Docs Do Colonoscopies Safely
    Study found no more complications than when specialists perform screening test

  • FDA Puts Black-Box Warning on Bowel-Cleansing Drugs
    Prescription products, used to prep for colonoscopy, may harm the kidneys, agency says; non-prescription treatments also will get warnings

  • Health Tip: Preparing for Colonoscopy
    Foods you can eat or drink

  • CT Colonography Screens for Cancer, Osteoporosis
    Abdominal scan checks bone mineral density with no additional radiation, minimal cost

  • Colorectal Cancer Screens Detect Unrecognized Disease
    Finnish study says about 40% returned positive results in review of national program

  • Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
    Experts offer advice on how to get ready for a colonoscopy

  • New DNA Stool Testing Spots More Colon Cancers
    Study found it detected twice as many malignancies, serious precancerous polyps

  • Blacks at Greater Risk of Precancerous Colon Polyps
    Difference is most pronounced among black women, study finds

  • Repeat Colonoscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients
    Other research found traditional colonoscopy still better than virtual version

  • Popular Colonoscopy Prep Solution May Pose Kidney Risks
    Dangers of phosphate solution extend to those without renal disease, study says

  • High-Risk Blacks Less Likely to Get Colonoscopies
    Those with family history are referred less often than whites, study finds

  • Colonoscopy 'Coaches' Play Lifesaving Role
    Patients who got calls from those who had gotten procedure were more likely to keep first appointment

  • New Colon Cancer Test Might Spot Trouble Earlier
    That and other findings reported at symposium on gastrointestinal cancers

  • Health Tip: Before a Colonoscopy
    Follow instructions to ensure a successful procedure

  • Health Tip: About Colon Polyps
    Most are benign, but should be tested for cancer

  • Sigmoidoscopy Helps Catch Colon Cancer
    High acceptance and strong detection rates make test worthwhile, study finds

  • Colonoscopy Beats Sigmoidoscopy in Women
    Extensive procedure finds more precancerous polyps, study finds

  • New Colon Cancer Marker Found
    Levels of molecule may predict severity of disease and survival, researchers say

  • Steady Diet of Red Meat Increases Colon Cancer Risk
    People who consumed a lot over long period of time upped chances by 50 percent

  • Elderly Avoiding Colorectal Cancer Screening
    Many on Medicare don't seek help until symptoms appear, study shows

  • DNA Test for Colon Cancer a Mixed Bag
    Pricey test beats blood screen, but falls short of colonoscopy

  • Colonoscopy Bests CT Scans and X-rays
    Detects almost twice as many polyps as other procedures

  • Smoking Ups Risk of Colon Polyps
    Study finds chances three times greater than for nonsmokers

  • Virtual Colonoscopy Not Ready for Prime Time
    Despite advances, it still has radiation risks and accuracy problems, new study finds

  • Virtual Colonoscopy Shows Promise
    While not perfect, it could become key screening tool for cancer, researchers say

  • Doctors Doing Too Many Colonoscopies
    Confusing guidelines might be the reason why, study finds