Experts are in agreement on two major facts: colon cancer screening can save lives, and testing rates are far too low. New research about a scoring system may identify people at highest risk for colon cancer and increase overall screening rates.
In the study, researchers examined over 4,400 Americans that were scheduled for their first colnoscopy. Then, they calculated a clinical "score" for each patient based on their health information and the five most common risk factors for colon cancer: age, weight, sex, family history and smoking habits.
They compared each patient's score to their colonoscopy results and discovered that the individuals with low-risk scores had fewer abnormal growths than those with high-risk scores.
There are many different screening options available. This research could affect how doctors recommend screening methods and hopefully result in increased screening rates.
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