Better way to spot colon cancer?

March 5, 2008

ATLANTA (AP) -- Medical experts have come up with what they hope
is a way to encourage more people to get screened for colon cancer.

They recommended today that a less invasive procedure known as a
virtual colonoscopy and a stool DNA test join the arsenal of
screenings. The recommendations bring to six the number of tests
suggested for spotting signs of colon cancer, according to Dr. Otis
Brawley, national chief medical officer of the American Cancer
Society.

Colorectal cancer is the nation's second leading cancer killer.
The Cancer Society says it will kill about 50,000 people in the
United States this year.

Emory University scientist Jack Mandel says the deaths can be
prevented. He says the challenge is getting people to get screened.

Screenings are designed to find growths before they turn
cancerous. Traditional colonoscopies, long considered the gold
standard, are recommended every 10 years, starting at age 50. A
virtual colonoscopy is a sort of super X-ray of the colon and
rectum.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press


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