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2008-10-13 15:00:30

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Coalition for Quality Colorectal Cancer Screening and Care is highlighting concerns over the National CT Colonography Study published September 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The evidence must be closely evaluated, and patients need to recognize that CT Colonography is not without significant potential risks. The National Coalition reminds patients that Colonoscopy remains the "Gold Standard" for colorectal cancer screening,...

2008-10-07 21:00:14

By Joann Loviglio PHILADELPHIA - Most people over 75 should stop getting routine colon cancer tests, according to a government health task force that also rejected the latest X-ray screening technology. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - in a break with other medical and cancer organizations - opted not to give its stamp of approval to the newest tests: CT colonography, an X-ray test known as virtual colonoscopy, and a stool DNA test. The panel said more research is needed. The...

2008-10-07 09:00:09

By JOANN LOVIGLIO By Joann Loviglio The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA Most people over 75 should stop getting routine colon cancer tests, according to a government health task force that also rejected the latest X-ray screening technology. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - in a break with other medical and cancer organizations - opted not to give its stamp of approval to the newest tests: CT colonography, an X-ray test known as virtual colonoscopy, and a stool DNA test....

2008-09-23 18:00:37

If a person has no abnormal growths found during an initial colonoscopy, the five-year risk of colorectal cancer is extremely low, U.S. researchers said. Study leader Dr. Thomas F. Imperiale of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis examined 1,256 asymptomatic patients 50 years or older, who had no precancerous or cancerous findings on baseline colonoscopy and who underwent follow up colonoscopy at five years. Among this patient...

2008-09-23 06:00:32

If you've shied away from getting a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer, two new studies may make you less reluctant. One study found that if a first colonoscopy is normal, patients can safely put off having another test for at least five years - and many experts would say at least 10 years. The other study found that so-called virtual colonoscopies, which use CT scans, are roughly as accurate as more intrusive colonoscopies at detecting dangerous growths. Put those two findings...

2008-09-19 00:00:07

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) - A long-awaited federal study of an X-ray alternative to the dreaded colonoscopy confirms its effectiveness at spotting most cancers, although it was far from perfect. Medicare is already considering paying for this cheaper, less intrusive option that could persuade more people to get screened for colon cancer. And some experts believe the new method might boost the 50 percent screening rate for a cancer that is the country's second-biggest killer....

2008-09-18 18:00:50

By Mike Stobbe ATLANTA - A long-awaited federal study of an X-ray alternative to the dreaded colonoscopy confirms its effectiveness at spotting most cancers, although it is far from perfect. Medicare is already considering paying for this cheaper, less intrusive option that could persuade more people to get screened for colon cancer. And some experts believe the new method may boost the 50 percent screening rate for a cancer that is the country's second biggest killer. "We're talking...

2008-09-18 18:00:15

ATLANTA - A long-awaited federal study of an X-ray alternative to the dreaded colonoscopy confirms its effectiveness at spotting most cancers, although it was far from perfect. Medicare is already considering paying for this cheaper, less intrusive option that could persuade more people to get screened for colon cancer. And some experts believe the new method may boost the 50 percent screening rate for a cancer that is the country's second biggest killer. "We're talking about for the first...

2008-09-18 15:00:37

A U.S. study suggests computed tomographic colonography is an effective, less invasive option in screening for colorectal cancer. CT colonograpy uses virtual reality technology to produce two- or three-dimensional visualizations of the colon and rectum and is less invasive than standard colonoscopy, which uses a long tube with a camera to view the lining of the colon, researchers said. The results of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network National CT Colonography Trial, which...

2008-09-18 09:00:07

By Mike Stobbe Associated Press ATLANTA -- A long-awaited federal study of an X-ray alternative to the dreaded colonoscopy confirms its effectiveness at spotting most cancers, although it was far from perfect. Medicare is already considering paying for this cheaper, less intrusive option that could persuade more people to get screened for colon cancer. And some experts believe the new method may boost the 50 percent screening rate for a cancer that is the country's second biggest killer....