A look at screening guidelines for colorectal cancer

01/20/2010 | San Diego Union-Tribune

Screening guidelines for colorectal cancer have changed over time. Most medical groups today recommend patients get a colonoscopy to detect polyps, often in addition to an annual fecal exam. "A colonoscopy is really the preferred screening tool. Colonoscopies are not just for cancer detection; they're also for cancer prevention. It's a diagnostic and therapeutic tool because it detects polyps and can remove them," one colorectal surgeon said.

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