Screening colonoscopies were first introduced in Germany in October 2002. In a study published recently in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Journal, researchers analyzed the impact of this program on the prevention and early detection of colon cancer over the last 10 years, and the results were astounding.
The researchers examined data from more than 4.4 million screening colonoscopies conducted on patients aged 55-79 from 2003 just after the program was introduced, until 2012. They narrowed their analysis with sex-specific and age-specific data boundaries to ensure the accuracy of the report.
Results show that overall, approximately 180,000 cases of colon cancer have been prevented, and an estimated 40,000 cancers were detected earlier than they would have been without screening. This means that 1 out of every 28 colonoscopies conducted resulted in the prevention of colon cancer and 1 out of every 121 colonoscopies resulted in an early, treatable diagnosis.
The study authors concluded that the screening colonoscopy program has had a huge impact on the prevention and early detection of colon cancer in Germany. They also remarked that increased uptake of screening colonoscopies could significantly lower colon cancer incidence and mortality in the future.
Colon cancer screening has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, so talk to your doctor and Be Seen, Get Screened!
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