Study Supports Colonoscopies for Women Under 50

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By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
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TUESDAY, May 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Colonoscopies successful younger women tin importantly chopped their hazard of colon cancer, a caller survey claims.

"While there's been an alarming summation successful the incidence of colorectal crab successful caller decades successful younger individuals, screening has mostly been focused connected radical implicit 50," noted elder survey writer Dr. Andrew Chan, a gastroenterologist and epidemiologist astatine Massachusetts General Hospital.

Colon crab is the 3rd starring origin of crab decease successful some men and women successful the United States. While the wide fig of colon crab cases has declined, the complaint among radical younger than 50 roseate by 51% betwixt 1974 and 2013.

In caller years, the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force person recommended colon crab screening statesman astatine property 45.

Chan and his colleagues analyzed information from astir 112,000 U.S. women successful the Nurses’ Health Study II. They recovered that women who started screening astatine property 45 had a 50% to 60% little hazard of processing colon crab than those who had nary screening.

Also, those who started screening astatine ages 45 to 49 had overmuch little rates of colon crab done property 60 than those who began screening astatine ages 50 to 54, according to the study.

While the findings are from women, the aforesaid benefits apt use to men, according to Chan.

"Our enactment provides first-of-its-kind information to amusement that initiating screening astatine a younger property tin trim an individual’s hazard of colorectal crab and the population’s wide incidence of cancer, frankincense demonstrating the important interaction of earlier screening connected some idiosyncratic and population-wide scales," Chan said successful a infirmary quality release.

The findings were published May 5 successful the diary JAMA Oncology.

Colonoscopy is an invasive procedure, but noninvasive stool-based screening tests are besides available.

"Any trepidation that clinicians mightiness person had astir the effectiveness of CRC [colon cancer] screening astatine a younger property volition hopefully beryllium allayed by these results," Chan said.

"Our information amusement that we person an effectual instrumentality to code the epidemic of colorectal crab among younger adults, and hopefully this volition promote physicians to person a speech astir screening with their younger patients which, successful turn, volition motivate them to travel done and get screened," helium said.

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There's much astir colon crab screening astatine the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital, quality release, May 5, 2022