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An estimated half a million cancers were prevented by colorectal cancer screening in
During this more than 30-year time span, as increasing numbers of men and women underwent cancer screening tests -- including fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopies, and colonoscopies -- colorectal cancer rates declined significantly, the researchers found.
The Yale COPPER team studied the colorectal cancer incidence data from the
"These numbers represent real patients and families who have been spared the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment," said the study's senior author, Dr.
These findings are particularly significant in light of recent controversy surrounding mammography screening for breast cancer, and suggestions that it may result in false positive diagnoses and overtreatment, note the researchers. "The efficacy of colorectal cancer screening is important to highlight, especially at a time when there has been a national discussion about screening for other types of cancer," said Dr.
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