COLONOSCOPIES: Statistical Update

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA


DEFINITION: A Colonoscopy and/or sigmoidoscopy are procedures that let your doctor look inside your large intestine. They use instruments called scopes. Scopes have a tiny camera attached to a long, thin tube. The procedures let your doctor see things such as inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, and ulcers.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The ME-P does not normally discuss medical or clinical matters. But, this report is noteworthy to all.



About 15 million colonoscopies are performed in the US yearly as part of standard preventive care for adults over 45, but a new study has called into question whether all the footage from those tiny cameras is really necessary.

Over a 10-year period, people who had the screenings were 18% less likely to develop colon cancer than people who didn’t, according to the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the risk of death from the cancer for both the screened and un-screened was about the same, hovering around 0.3%.



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