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Health groups issue updated colorectal cancer screening guidelines
Date:3/5/2008

the invasive tests due to lack of coverage or local resources, so will opt for stool occult blood or DNA testing, which can be performed at home, without bowel prep. But the panel said providers and patients should understand that those tests are less likely to prevent cancer compared with the invasive tests; they must be repeated at regular intervals to be effective; and if the test is abnormal, an invasive test (colonoscopy) will still be needed.

"The addition of these new technologies can potentially encourage many more people to choose to be screened for colorectal cancer, said Arl Van Moore, M.D., FACR, chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors. This could result in early detection of the disease for more patients, increasing the chance of successful treatment, and potentially reduce colorectal cancer deaths nationwide."


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Contact: David Sampson
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American Cancer Society
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