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Deep Sleep May Improve Colonoscopy Results
Date:6/1/2009

to be done before saying for sure that deep sedation is the better method, Hoda said.

By enabling doctors to detect colon cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages, the findings could have lifesaving benefits, according to the news release.

Not counting skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Nearly 50,000 people will die of colorectal cancer in the United States this year.

Men and women at average risk of colorectal cancer should have a colorectal screening test after age 50, the American Cancer Society recommends.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on colon polyps.



-- Jennifer Thomas



SOURCE: American Gastroenterological Association, news release, June 1, 2009


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