Thursday, 26 April 2018

Common colon cancer screen may be more effective for men than women

New research indicates that sigmoidoscopy, an alternative to colonoscopy may be more effective for men than women.  Flexible sigmoidoscopy does not usually involve sedation and involves only about 1/3 of the colon, compared to colonoscopy. According to a study conducted on almost 99,000 Norwegians aged 50-64, man undergoing sigmoidoscopy rad a 34% lower risk of colon cancer and 37% lower risk of death after 17 years, "however women saw little reduction in their colon cancer risk or death rates compared to women who weren't screened."

To read more about this study, click here

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