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New Women’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Protocol Announced

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Nov-2007

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has revised its colorectal cancer screening recommendations to encourage colonoscopy as the preferred method of screening both average-risk and high-risk women for colorectal cancer.  ACOG’s previous recommendation was that all women above 50 years of age be screened for colorectal cancer, but no preference was given regarding the specific type of screening instrument.  The latest recommendation includes colonoscopy, specifically, because it allows for visualization of the entire colon surface and for removal of precancerous polyps simultaneously. 

The most recent national statistics regarding colorectal cancer indicate that its prevalence is slowly declining — a decrease of approximately 2% was noted in both men and women from 2002 to 2004.  Researchers speculate that an increase in colonoscopies and more frequent removal of precancerous polyps explains much of that decline.  Still, in 2007, an estimated 154,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.  The disease will claim the lives of as many as 52,000 Americans in 2007, as well. 

Previously on the DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog, we have posted articles related to:

  • Questions you should ask your doctor if you’ve been diagnosed with colorectal cancer
  • Evidence that men reap even greater benefits from early colonoscopy cancer screening
  • A legal group that recently issued DC a failing grade for women’s health services

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