Too Many Colonoscopies? A New Study has Doubters


March 18, 2013

New research in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that, among those over 70 years old who received colonoscopies, almost one quarter of them received “potentially inappropriate” tests based on the controversial U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines. Colonoscopy "is the singular glowing example of a screening test that decreases the incidence of cancer," said Anil K. Rustgi, MD, chief of gastroenterology. "It is invasive, but for the information gained, the investment is worth it." The procedure can prevent cancer as eliminating polyps prevents them from becoming malignant.

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