Study looks at colonoscopy surveillance intervals

01/20/2010 | Reuters

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh who analyzed National Cancer Institute data on more than 3,600 people found a substantial overuse of surveillance colonoscopy among those at low risk for colorectal cancer. The data also found a significant under-use of the cancer screening among people at high risk for the disease. A separate study also found nine people out of 1,297 patients with a history of precancerous colorectal growths were diagnosed with colorectal cancer during a follow-up period, despite adhering to the recommended surveillance schedule.

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