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Reported June 26, 2013

Screening Colonoscopy Increases Survival Rates

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers out of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, have discovered that patients with colon cancer identified on screening colonoscopy appeared to have lower-stage disease on presentation and better outcomes independent of their staging. 

In order for researchers to examine the association of screening colonoscopy with outcomes of colon cancer surgery, they reviewed differences in staging, disease-free interval, risk of recurrence, and survival. 

 “Compliance to screening colonoscopy guidelines can play an important role in prolonging longevity, improving quality of life, and reducing health care costs through early detection of colon cancer,” Ramzi Amri, M.Sc., and his colleagues were quoted as saying. 

For more information, go to:  http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/screening-colonoscopy-associated-with-increased-survival-duration-and-rates-for-patients-with-colon-cancer/

SOURCE:  JAMA Surgery, June 2013

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