Colon Cancer Screening

Tools

Story Updated: Sep 20, 2013

.. the sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy...both provide protection. But which is better? That's the question posed in new research, just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Using data from almost 89-thousand participants, the researchers were able to track colon cancer test history over 22 years. Both colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy examine the colon through a fiber optic probe. Colonoscopy checks the entire colon, while the sigmoidoscopy only reaches the lower third on the left side of the body.

Over the course of the study, 1-thousand-815 cases of colorectal cancer and 4-hundred-74 colon cancer deaths were reported.

A negative result from either procedure reduced the risk of developing or dying from left-sided colorectal cancer, however only a colonoscopy significantly reduced cancer risk in the entire colon.

The researchers say their findings clearly show that colonoscopy has powerful advantages over sigmoidoscopy.

Current recommendations call for average risk people to begin colorectal screenings at age 50 options including either a sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, followed by a colonscopy if abnormalities are detected or a colonoscopy every 10 years.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with health information for healthier living.

Add a comment

Name:

Comment: 250 Characters Left

WBNG and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.

Featured Professional
High-quality, affordable health coverage & valuable health-related resources that our members use every day.

Presenting Sponsor

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.8 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit www.excellusbcbs.com

See Our Related Stories:
Diabetes: New Report Shows Spike in Prevalence
Generic Version of Flomax® Will Save Upstate New Yorkers Millions
Low or No Salt Summer Recipes
Dr. Mary Beth McCall - Electronic Prescribing

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a nonprofit independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association, is part of a family of companies that finances and delivers vital health care services to 1.8 million people across upstate New York. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield provides access to high-quality, affordable health coverage, including valuable health-related resources that our members use every day, such as cost-saving prescription drug discounts and wellness tracking tools in our Step Up program. To learn more, visit www.excellusbcbs.com