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  • Many Disabled Adults Aren't Screened for Colon Cancer: Study
    (05-Apr-2017)
    Transportation issues, lack of awareness and other barriers may be at issue

  • Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies
    (24-Mar-2017)
    Study finds that a limited life span offsets the benefits of the screening test

  • Keep Colon Cancer at Bay
    (22-Mar-2017)
    Colonoscopy best way to detect disease while still curable, gastroenterologist says

  • Colon Cancer Rates, Deaths Drop in Americans Over 50
    (01-Mar-2017)
    Report suggests higher screening rates explain the positive trend

  • Live Healthy, Live Longer
    (24-Feb-2017)
    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
    (09-Jan-2017)
    Waiving costs appears to improve mammography rates, but not colonoscopy, even among the poor

  • Some Low-Income, Uninsured Patients Aren't Referred for Colonoscopy
    (13-Dec-2016)
    Follow-up is not consistent, even if they're part of 'safety net' health program

  • To Help Prevent Colon Cancer, 'Listen to Your Gut'
    (27-Sep-2016)
    Belly pain and black or bloody stools should not be ignored, doctor says

  • Study: Colonoscopy After 75 May Not Be Worth It
    (26-Sep-2016)
    But, expert says age shouldn't be only criterion for screening for colon cancer

  • Time to Drop the 'No-Eating Rule' Before Colonoscopy?
    (24-May-2016)
    Consuming limited amount of low-fiber food day before didn't disrupt procedure, study finds

  • Happy Marriage May Prompt Men to Get Colonoscopy: Study
    (07-Apr-2016)
    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
    (08-Feb-2016)
    Limit fiber several days in advance of the exam

  • More People Under 50 Getting Colon Cancer, Analysis Finds
    (25-Jan-2016)
    Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them

  • Study Finds Stool Test Effective for Detecting Colon Cancer
    (25-Jan-2016)
    Colonoscopy still preferred screening, but this offers less invasive option, researchers say

  • Colonoscopy Findings Fade Quickly From Memory
    (08-Oct-2015)
    Study found the more time between checks, the less likely patients remembered the results

  • Longer Colonoscopy Time May Cut Cancer Risk
    (27-Aug-2015)
    Viewing time of less than 6 minutes linked to higher cancer rates, study finds

  • 'Scoring System' May Spot Those in Greatest Need of Colonoscopy
    (11-Aug-2015)
    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
    (08-Jul-2015)
    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
    (16-Jun-2015)
    Those with higher polyp detection rates prevent more cancers, save more lives, study says

  • Too Few Younger, High-Risk Americans Get a Colonoscopy: Study
    (21-May-2015)
    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
    (07-May-2015)
    These include tests for colon, breast and cervical malignancies

  • Could Bacteria Play a Role in Colon Cancer?
    (19-Dec-2014)
    Bacterial 'bunches' were prevalent on colon polyps, cancers, study found

  • 'Purpose in Life' a Boon to Your Health
    (03-Nov-2014)
    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
    (24-Oct-2014)
    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
    (27-Aug-2014)
    Findings suggest doctors may repeat colonoscopies unnecessarily

  • FDA Approves Highly Accurate At-Home Colon Cancer Test
    (12-Aug-2014)
    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
    (12-Aug-2014)
    But experts note most Americans get colonoscopies instead

  • Black Veterans Less Likely to Get Colon Cancer Screening, Study Finds
    (11-Aug-2014)
    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
    (03-Jun-2014)
    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
    (05-May-2014)
    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
    (28-Mar-2014)
    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
    (19-Mar-2014)
    DNA analysis boosts accuracy rate to more than 90 percent, researchers say

  • At-Home Stool Test for Colon Cancer Called Accurate, But Not Foolproof
    (03-Feb-2014)
    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
    (05-Nov-2013)
    Several testing options available for adults aged 50 and older

  • Colon Cancer Screenings Work, Twin Studies Report
    (18-Sep-2013)
    Colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy and even fecal blood testing all lower risk of cancer death

  • Mailed Invites May Boost Colon Cancer Screening Rates: Study
    (05-Aug-2013)
    Offering a free colonoscopy or at-home test increased participation among uninsured

  • Prepping for a Colonoscopy: Why It's a Necessary Evil
    (30-May-2013)
    Though new techniques are on the horizon, doctors say colon-cleansing is here to stay

  • Delaying Colonoscopy Puts Man in Grave Danger
    (30-May-2013)
    A little 'short-term hassle' may have prevented stage 2 cancer, Wisconsin resident says

  • Seniors Getting Unnecessary Colonoscopies: Study
    (11-Mar-2013)
    23 percent of those over 70 undergo screenings that are inappropriate, researchers say

  • Colonoscopy Cuts Advanced Cancer Risk by 70 Percent: Study
    (04-Mar-2013)
    Expert says annual fecal blood test is equally effective

  • Brief Life Expectancy Should Rule Out Certain Cancer Screenings: Study
    (09-Jan-2013)
    Risks outweigh benefits for those with few years left, researchers say

  • U.S. Cancer Screening Rates Dropping: Study
    (27-Dec-2012)
    Confusing guidelines, insurance gaps may discourage people from getting recommended testing

  • Colonoscopy Screening May Have Cut Colon Cancer Rates
    (23-Oct-2012)
    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
    (31-Aug-2012)
    Researchers think the easier regimen will encourage more to get 'virtual colonoscopy'

  • Missing Follow-Up Colonoscopies Could Raise Colon Cancer Risk
    (24-Aug-2012)
    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
    (25-Jul-2012)
    But U.S. recommendations call for 3-year interval after high-risk polyps removed

  • New Drug Approved for Colonoscopy Preparation
    (17-Jul-2012)
    To help cleanse the colon

  • No Dip in Cancer Screening for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
    (10-Jul-2012)
    Preventive health care is essential for people with chronic diseases, study authors say

  • Health Tip: Preparing for Colonoscopy
    (29-May-2012)
    Including avoiding solid foods

  • Colonoscopy May Detect Curable Cancer in Elderly: Study
    (22-May-2012)
    Screening should be offered to healthy seniors who haven't been tested before, researchers say

  • Middle-Aged Diabetics May Need Earlier Colon Checks
    (22-May-2012)
    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
    (22-May-2012)
    They reported less pain with traditional colonoscopy than with 'virtual' imaging procedure

  • Study Supports Value of Sigmoidoscopy, an Alternative to Colonoscopy
    (21-May-2012)
    Research suggests the test can help prevent colon cancer incidence, deaths

  • Education Is Key to Health: Report
    (16-May-2012)
    Along with poverty, less schooling linked to more chronic disease, disability and shorter life

  • Blacks, Hispanics Have Higher Colon Polyp Risk Than Previously Thought
    (15-May-2012)
    Their rate of the precancerous colon growths was higher than that of whites, study finds

  • Researchers Test Laxative-Free Colon Scan
    (14-May-2012)
    But virtual procedure isn't ready for prime time yet, researchers say

  • Many Patients Skip Recommended Colonoscopy: Study
    (10-Apr-2012)
    Follow-through is more likely with other screening tests for colon cancer

  • Obese White Women Shying Away From Colon Cancer Screening
    (04-Apr-2012)
    Embarrassment may prompt some women to avoid the recommended tests, researchers say

  • New Stool Test Might Aid in Early Detection of Colon Cancer
    (03-Apr-2012)
    Unlike other such screens, researchers say the test isn't affected by certain lifestyle factors

  • Inadequate Bowel Prep May Invalidate Colonoscopy
    (29-Mar-2012)
    Study suggests procedure should be cancelled if visibility is poor

  • New Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines Focus on Individual Risk
    (05-Mar-2012)
    Update emphasizes ordering tests based on each patient's odds of developing the disease

  • Too Many Americans Skipping Colon Cancer Screening
    (02-Mar-2012)
    Americans 50 and older who haven't had a colonoscopy screening should get one, experts urge

  • In Tougher Economy, Fewer Americans Get Colonoscopy
    (24-Feb-2012)
    High co-pays lead many to skip life-saving screen, study finds

  • Studies Offer More Evidence That Colonoscopy Saves Lives
    (22-Feb-2012)
    Study found 53% lower death rate in patients who had polyps removed during screening

  • Worries About Colonoscopy Unfounded: Study
    (19-Feb-2012)
    The 20-minute screening can detect those at risk for colorectal cancer

  • Alternative to Colonoscopy Spots Cancers, Too
    (31-Jan-2012)
    Study examines repeat sigmoidoscopy, a somewhat less-invasive screening method

  • Too Few Americans Getting Screened for Common Cancers: CDC
    (26-Jan-2012)
    National targets for breast, cervical and colon malignancies still not being met

  • Resolve to Take Colon Cancer Test, Experts Say
    (06-Jan-2012)
    Screening can catch precancerous growths at early, treatable stage

  • Could Listening to Mozart Help Doctors Spot Colon Polyps?
    (31-Oct-2011)
    It may temporarily boost mental skills used while performing colonoscopy, researchers say

  • Do Men Need Colon Cancer Screening Earlier Than Women Do?
    (27-Sep-2011)
    Austrian study finds more cancers at younger ages in men

  • Virtual Colonoscopy Still Has Its Skeptics
    (12-Sep-2011)
    Not all see new technology as better way to screen for colon cancer

  • Get Screened for Colorectal Cancer: Who, Me?
    (01-Jul-2011)
    People still confused by what test to have and when, experts say

  • Proper Bowel Prep Key to Effective Colon Cancer Screening: Study
    (15-Jun-2011)
    Inadequate cleansing results in high miss rate, researchers say

  • A Capsule Camera Instead of a Colonoscopy?
    (10-May-2011)
    Remote-controlled device captured images of entire colon, researchers report

  • Colonoscopy Better Than Alternative at Spotting Cancer in Seniors: Study
    (10-May-2011)
    But internist says sigmoidoscopy still has value

  • Study Questions Overuse of Colonoscopy in Medicare Patients
    (09-May-2011)
    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
    (01-Mar-2011)
    More patients undergoing this type of screening, despite lack of Medicare coverage, study finds

  • Geography May Influence Colon Cancer Screening Rates
    (10-Jan-2011)
    For non-whites, where they live seems to make a difference, research shows

  • Colonoscopies May Not Have 'Blind Spot' After All
    (03-Jan-2011)
    New study finds procedure can detect cancers on right side of colon, too

  • Online, Mail Reminders Improve Colon Cancer Screening Rates
    (13-Dec-2010)
    But the advantages tend to fade over time and screening rates are still low, researchers find

  • Too Many Cancers Still Spotted Too Late: CDC
    (24-Nov-2010)
    Screening rates for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers vary greatly among states, report finds

  • GI Endoscopy Complication Rates Higher Than Suspected: Study
    (25-Oct-2010)
    Although there were more problems than previously estimated, most were minor, researchers found

  • Low-Dose Aspirin May Cut Chances of Colon Cancer
    (22-Oct-2010)
    People at high risk should consider taking it daily, experts say

  • Many With Terminal Cancer Still Getting Routine Screens
    (12-Oct-2010)
    Advanced cancer patients should not be put through futile testing at end of life, experts say

  • Early Detection Helps Man Beat Colon Cancer
    (24-Sep-2010)
    'I get to see my kids grow up,' Georgia resident says

  • Phone Reminders May Boost Colon Cancer Screenings
    (24-Jun-2010)
    Automated messages increased test rates by 30 percent, study found

  • Smoking Linked to Aggressive Colon Polyps: Study
    (11-Jun-2010)
    Findings may explain earlier onset of colorectal cancer in smokers, researchers say

  • New Test for Colon Cancer Under Development
    (04-May-2010)
    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
    (03-May-2010)
    Tablet cuts the needed pre-procedure liquid intake in half, study says

  • Many Doctors Not Using Colon Cancer Test Properly
    (15-Apr-2010)
    Study found 75 percent depend on fecal occult blood test in office, not home tests

  • Blacks Less Likely to Get Follow-Up Colon Screening
    (06-Apr-2010)
    Those with abnormalities at initial screening often didn't have recommended colonoscopy, study shows

  • 'Virtual' Colonoscopy Catches Cancers Outside the Colon
    (29-Mar-2010)
    Study found it caught unsuspected tumors in one of every 200 patients

  • Colonoscopy Not Needed for Most With Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    (17-Mar-2010)
    Typical symptoms not an indicator of more serious disease, study finds

  • Selenium, Omega-3s May Stave Off Colorectal Cancer
    (08-Dec-2009)
    Studies find benefits, but others question validity of the link

  • New Polyp Detection Method Could Be Cost-Saver
    (11-Nov-2009)
    Optical technology is as accurate as colorectal tissue examination, study finds

  • Early Morning Colonoscopies May Find More Polyps
    (06-Nov-2009)
    Study suggests differences in patient preparation and doctor fatigue play a role

  • Blood Tests May Spot Colon Cancer
    (23-Sep-2009)
    Easier detection method might encourage more people to get screened, experts say

  • Colonoscopy Beats 'Camera Pill' at Catching Colon Cancer
    (15-Jul-2009)
    But less invasive detection method still shows promise, scientists say

  • Study Finds Possible Genetic Indicator of Colorectal Cancer
    (18-Jun-2009)
    If perfected, screening method could make disease detection easier, experts say

  • For Some, Virtual Colonoscopy May Be Just As Good
    (16-Jun-2009)
    Less invasive test might spur more people to be screened, experts say

  • Colonoscopy Risks Increase With Age and Illness
    (15-Jun-2009)
    Other screening methods for colon cancer may be safer for some older patients, researchers say

  • Colorectal Cancer Rates Rising for Under 50 Set
    (08-Jun-2009)
    Upturn is especially strong among those in their 20s, study finds

  • Weight May Affect Colonoscopy Success
    (01-Jun-2009)
    More rigorous prep is needed for obese people, study finds

  • Worth of Sigmoidoscopy Screening for Colon Cancer Still Uncertain
    (01-Jun-2009)
    Some reduction in mortality rates found, but experts say more follow-up needed

  • Deep Sleep May Improve Colonoscopy Results
    (01-Jun-2009)
    Study findings could have lifesaving potential

  • Many Childhood Cancer Survivors Not Checking for Second Malignancies
    (01-Jun-2009)
    Another study found some also suffer PTSD years after treatment

  • Colon Screenings Don't Follow Guidelines, Study Suggests
    (06-Apr-2009)
    VA study shows elderly ill men getting same screenings as healthy folks

  • What to Expect From a Colonoscopy
    (22-Mar-2009)
    While many patients are nervous, doctors say it isn't as scary as some believe

  • Family Docs Do Colonoscopies Safely
    (15-Jan-2009)
    Study found no more complications than when specialists perform screening test

  • FDA Puts Black-Box Warning on Bowel-Cleansing Drugs
    (11-Dec-2008)
    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
    (09-Dec-2008)
    Foods you can eat or drink

  • CT Colonography Screens for Cancer, Osteoporosis
    (02-Dec-2008)
    Abdominal scan checks bone mineral density with no additional radiation, minimal cost

  • Colorectal Cancer Screens Detect Unrecognized Disease
    (20-Nov-2008)
    Finnish study says about 40% returned positive results in review of national program

  • Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
    (16-Nov-2008)
    Experts offer advice on how to get ready for a colonoscopy

  • New DNA Stool Testing Spots More Colon Cancers
    (08-Oct-2008)
    Study found it detected twice as many malignancies, serious precancerous polyps

  • Blacks at Greater Risk of Precancerous Colon Polyps
    (23-Sep-2008)
    Difference is most pronounced among black women, study finds

  • Repeat Colonoscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients
    (20-May-2008)
    Other research found traditional colonoscopy still better than virtual version

  • Popular Colonoscopy Prep Solution May Pose Kidney Risks
    (27-Mar-2008)
    Dangers of phosphate solution extend to those without renal disease, study says

  • High-Risk Blacks Less Likely to Get Colonoscopies
    (25-Mar-2008)
    Those with family history are referred less often than whites, study finds

  • Colonoscopy 'Coaches' Play Lifesaving Role
    (25-Jan-2008)
    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
    (24-Jan-2008)
    That and other findings reported at symposium on gastrointestinal cancers

  • Health Tip: Before a Colonoscopy
    (22-Aug-2007)
    Follow instructions to ensure a successful procedure

  • Health Tip: About Colon Polyps
    (06-Feb-2007)
    Most are benign, but should be tested for cancer

  • Sigmoidoscopy Helps Catch Colon Cancer
    (05-JUL-2005)
    High acceptance and strong detection rates make test worthwhile, study finds

  • Colonoscopy Beats Sigmoidoscopy in Women
    (18-MAY-2005)
    Extensive procedure finds more precancerous polyps, study finds

  • New Colon Cancer Marker Found
    (21-JAN-2005)
    Levels of molecule may predict severity of disease and survival, researchers say

  • Steady Diet of Red Meat Increases Colon Cancer Risk
    (11-JAN-2005)
    People who consumed a lot over long period of time upped chances by 50 percent

  • Elderly Avoiding Colorectal Cancer Screening
    (10-JAN-2005)
    Many on Medicare don't seek help until symptoms appear, study shows

  • DNA Test for Colon Cancer a Mixed Bag
    (22-DEC-2004)
    Pricey test beats blood screen, but falls short of colonoscopy

  • Colonoscopy Bests CT Scans and X-rays
    (16-DEC-2004)
    Detects almost twice as many polyps as other procedures

  • Smoking Ups Risk of Colon Polyps
    (02-NOV-2004)
    Study finds chances three times greater than for nonsmokers

  • Virtual Colonoscopy Not Ready for Prime Time
    (01-NOV-2004)
    Despite advances, it still has radiation risks and accuracy problems, new study finds

  • Virtual Colonoscopy Shows Promise
    (01-SEP-2004)
    While not perfect, it could become key screening tool for cancer, researchers say

  • Doctors Doing Too Many Colonoscopies
    (16-AUG-2004)
    Confusing guidelines might be the reason why, study finds