Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - March 2012

In This Issue:

- Colonoscopy Saves Lives, but Only If ...

- Another Option for Colon Cancer Screening

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Revisiting Cancer Screening -- the Colonoscopy Conundrum

The latest news on life saving colon cancer screening missed one huge point: The best test is the one you actually get, not the one you might have gotten but never did. That makes your options for cancer screening a little more complicated and interesting, but still vital to your health.

I sort out the confusion in this newsletter...

Colonoscopy Saves Lives but Only If You Get One

Would you take a free medical test if it promised a good chance at saving your life? Of course, you say, but reality might be ... well, not so much, at least when it comes to screening for colon cancer.

Proof of this came in a little-noticed aspect of an important new stud yon colon cancer screening from doctors in Spain, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. They offered free colonoscopies or a stool test called fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) to thousands of people.

Only one in four patients took them up on the offer for a free colonoscopy. One in three patients took the FIT test when offered...

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