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Revised Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines/Lifestyle and Mortality

Friday, October 29, 2010 // Uncategorized

10/8/2008 12:00:00 AM

The following are the revised screening guidelines for colon cancer screening.
Good news!  If you’re 75 or older and you’ve had negative colonoscopies in the past, you don’t need another colonoscopy.

USPSTF Updates Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines <br>The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has updated its 2002 recommendations on screening for colorectal cancer. The new guidelines appear online in Annals of Internal Medicine. <br>The task force recommends: <br>screening using newer, high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy with interval fecal occult blood testing, or colonoscopy; <br>against routine screening in people aged 76 to 85 who have had consistently negative screenings since age 50; <br>against screening in those over age 85. <br>Although not making specific recommendations about screening intervals, the task force cites a modeling study it commissioned. The study found that three regimens were equally effective in life-years gained: <br>annual high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing <br>sigmoidoscopy every 5 years with high-sensitivity blood testing every 3 years <br>colonoscopy at 10-year intervals <br>The task force says it doesn’t have enough information to make recommendations on the use of fecal DNA testing or computed tomographic colonography. <br>USPSTF recommendation statement in Annals of Internal Medicine (Free) <br>USPSTF decision analysis in Annals of Internal Medicine (Free)

Guess what?  Not smoking, watching your diet and exercising has an effect on how long you live!!!  I always sound like your mother.  here’s a 24 year study to back it up.
Lifestyle and Mortality

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