February 23, 2012
A new study provides strong evidence that colonoscopies prevent deaths, according to The New York Times.
Researchers tracked patients who had precancerous growths removed during colonoscopies for as long as 20 years and found that the test reduced the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53 percent.
Cancer screening tests have been scrutinized recently, but this study proves the effectiveness of the procedure.
The New York Times reported that according to federal estimates, only about 6 in 10 adults are up to date on getting screened for colorectal cancer. However, colorectal cancer is one of the few types of cancer that can be prevented with screening. Even if it has already developed, colorectal cancer can be cured if it is found early and treated.
Read ASCA's Press Release "Colonoscopies Contribute to Decline in Cancer Mortality Rates."