Navigation Links
Many Americans Over 50 Fear Colonoscopy: Survey
Date:1/14/2011

FRIDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Many Americans over the age of 50 ignore expert recommendations that they undergo a colonoscopy to screen for colorectal cancer, a new survey reveals.

Seventy percent of the survey respondents in the age group recommended to get screened admitted that they hadn't done so primarily because of fear of the procedure.

The survey was conducted last fall by the Washington, D.C.-based Colon Cancer Alliance, and involved nearly 1,700 people. The poll was funded by Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a drug manufacturer that specializes in gastrointestinal treatments.

"Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States," Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance, said in an organization news release. "More than 142,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer this year, yet by getting tested, it could be prevented. The results from this survey reveal that Americans over the age of 50 forgo colonoscopies due in large part to fear."

Survey results indicated that among those who had actually undergone a colonoscopy, 60 percent said they either didn't get or don't recall getting any pre-procedure explanatory information from their health care provider and would have preferred receiving such information.

The Internet was cited as the source of information regarding colonoscopies for six in 10 of those surveyed.

Half of those who had undergone a colonoscopy said that the actual procedure was the easiest aspect of the total experience, while about three-quarters said that the pre-procedure bowel preparation process was the hardest part of the screening endeavor.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50 until age 75, when patients should consult their doctor about screening.

More information

For more about colonoscopies and how to prepare, visit the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCE: Colon Cancer Alliance, news release, Jan. 12, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Luth Researchs IndicatorEDG(TM) Study Finds Americans Hopes of Achieving Their Dreams Are Fading
2. Majority of Americans Approve of President Obamas Handling of Afghanistan and National Security But Disapprove of Handling of Economic Issues, Per Franklin & Marshall College Poll With Hearst Television
3. 57 Million Americans Sickened by H1N1 Flu: CDC
4. One in Ten Americans Visited a Health Insurance Site in Q4 2009
5. Most Americans Think Its Others Who Are Unhealthy
6. Americans Recognize Risk of Fire to Older Adults
7. County-By-County Report Sizes Up Americans Health
8. Americans Falling Short on Heart-Healthy Fruits and Vegetables
9. Rising Use of Medical Technologies Extending Americans Lives
10. “Hearts and Minds” Education Program Launched: On Average, People with Mental illness Live 25 Years Less than Other Americans
11. African-Americans attitudes about lung cancer may hinder prevention
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Many Americans Over 50 Fear Colonoscopy: Survey
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Axiad IDS , a leading provider ... magazine has named the company a “Top 25 Cybersecurity Companies 2017.” Axiad ... help organizations simply and proactively address potential cybersecurity threats before they happen. The ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... PM360, the premier information resource for ... winners of its 3rd Annual ELITE Awards. The ELITE (Exceptional • Leaders • ... industry today. , Out of more than 500 submissions, 100 winners were selected ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... New England Journal Of ... Worthy of a Policy Response”, -The Rory Staunton Foundation Calls on Health & Human ... the Prevention of Sepsis ( http://www.rorystauntonfoundation.org ) today reported on a new study released ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... The National Council on Strength and ... the organization’s Certified Strength Coach credential has earned accreditation from the National Commission ... the competency of qualified candidates for jobs in the Strength and Conditioning profession. ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... Surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati, is pleased to announce a new treatment option called ... elastin in their face, neck, and body through a virtually pain-free, non-surgical treatment. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... , May 9, 2017  Demonstrating its commitment ... of directors for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers ... membership. Biopharmaceutical companies will now have to meet ... to be eligible to join PhRMA. ... board is sending a clear message that being ...
(Date:5/8/2017)... May 8, 2017  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO)., ... ("WRB"), a health care service center company based ... WRB specializes in relationship management programs for leading pharmaceutical ... WRB will join Envoy Health ... services for manufacturers, biotech firms, and other service companies. ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... MONTREAL , May 4, 2017  Fortuna Fix Inc. (" ... aiming to be the first to eliminate the need for ... autologous cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases. Fortuna ... ("SAB") with Professor Michael Fehlings , MD, PhD; Father ... Hack , MD, MPH; and Professor James Giordano , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: