A large federal study recently published in the
New England Journal of Medicine indicates that a simple, inexpensive scope of the lower portion of the
bowel can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and dying from the disease.
While many physicians recommend a full colonoscopy to assess risk of colon
cancer, patients typically refuse because the test is both costly and
unpleasant. A simple sigmoidoscopy, which is much cheaper and much less
invasive than a colonoscopy, can provide much of the same benefits as
a full colonoscopy, the study finds. A sigmoidoscopy can be done in a
normal doctor’s office, requires little bowel preparation, and typically
costs between $150 and $300, as compared to between $1,000 and $2,000
for a colonoscopy.
Colorectal cancer is a serious problem in the United States. Each year,
143,000 people are newly diagnosed with the disease and 52,000 people
die. Indeed, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths
in the U.S. More than anything else, experts urge older adults to talk
to their doctors about colorectal cancer and get screened.
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