A new study examined data for over 57,000 patients who had colonoscopies performed by 136 different doctors. The analysis showed that “high quality” coloscopies saved more lives than “low quality” ones.
The difference between high quality and low quality screenings is how proficient the doctor is at identifying polyps. In the study, higher-quality colonoscopies were associated with a 50 to 60 percent lower risk for colon cancer and colon cancer fatalities.
The analysis found that higher-quality screenings did not translate into more expensive screenings. It also showed that undergoing a colonoscopy, regardless of quality, saves lives.
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