10 studies published on colorectal cancer screening

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Here are 10 recently published studies about colorectal cancer screening.1. Fecal Immunochemical Testing More Effective Than Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Testing. A new study found fecal immunochemical testing is more effective than guaiac fecal occult blood testing and is often performed at a lower cost.

2. ‘Wait and See’ Policy Instead of Surgery for Rectal Cancer an Option. A new study found a “wait and see” policy for rectal cancer patients with clinical complete response after chemoradiotherapy results in outcomes as good as those of patients with pathological complete response after surgery.

3. Backward Glance Increases Adenoma Detection. Using a backward glance, a scope that adds a backward view, during colonoscopy increases adenoma detection by 40.7 percent.

4. Bowel Screening Reduces Bowel Cancer Deaths. A new study found participating in faecal occult blood test bowel cancer screenings reduced deaths by 27 percent.

5. Clear Liquid Diet Before Colonoscopy Not Essential. Researchers found colonoscopies were as successful on patients allowed a full liquid diet, which included foods such as pudding and oatmeal, as on patients restricted to clear liquids.

6. Indigo Carmine Enhances Adenoma Detection in Screening Colonoscopy. A study found endoscopists who added indigo dye during a water-infusion colonoscopy had an adenoma detection rate of 62 percent, while the rate in the water-only group was 44 percent.

7. Method for Screening Baby Boomers for Hepatitis C During a Routine Colon Cancer Screening Developed. Researchers at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, have developed and tested a screening intervention to identify those at high-risk for Hepatitis C virus among patients undergoing a routine colonoscopy exam.

8. Listening to Mozart While Performing Colonoscopy Might Boost Polyp Detection Rate. Listening to Mozart while performing colonoscopies raised the adenoma detection rate of two physicians from 21 and 27 percent to 66 and 37 percent respectively.

9. Women Can Wait Longer Than Men to Start Colonoscopies. A study found that women might be able to delay scheduling regular colonoscopies a few years past the generally recommended age of 50.

10. Poll Finds Low Follow-up Screening Rates for Colon Cancer. A nationwide poll found that of patients ages 60-70 who had been previously screened for colon cancer, 33 percent said they had been screened once after the initial screening, 22 percent said they had been screened twice and 24 percent said they had not been screened again.

Summary of studies first provided by ASC Communications