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THE LATEST STUDY SUPPORTS USE OF COLONOSCOPY IN REDUCING DEATHS DUE TO COLON CANCER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Does screening colonoscopy actually reduce the number of deaths caused by colon cancer?  Linking the screening test to the outcome, known in research circles as the hard endpoint of death, is a long term question.  Now the latest study concludes that deaths are indeed reduced with use of screening colonoscopy.  Patrick Okolo, a colonoscopy expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

OKOLO: This was a great study.  Basically the gist of this study was another case control approach looking at the effect of colonoscopy on colon cancer deaths.  In this study they looked at quite a few patients, 1900 controls and about 1700 patients with colon cancer, and looked at the exposure to colonoscopy.  It was clear that exposure to colonoscopy was protective for protection for colon cancer death.  :24

Okolo says the study should encourage those who have so far avoided colonoscopy to schedule a screening.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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