Colorectal Cancer Deaths can be reduced by 43 percent through Sigmoidoscopy
According to the American Cancer Society, the colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer in the U. S diagnosed in about 147,000 people every year and killing almost 50,000. The British Scientists said on Wednesday that screening 55 to 64 year olds with an examination of the lower colon and rectum using a small camera can cut death rates from colorectal cancer by 43 percent. The data has been analyzed from more than 170,000 men and women from 1994 to 1999 at 14 health centers across Britain and then followed the patient's progress. The rates of the colorectal cancer were cut by 33 percent and death rates from the disease were cut by 43 percent and this means that one colorectal cancer death is prevented for every 489 people screened.
Wendy Atkin from the Imperial College London along with Jane Wardle from University College London, said, ""Economic analyses suggest ... a once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screen at age 55 or 60 years would be cost saving, largely because of the avoided costs of treatment," sigmoidoscopy screening would save money was based on previous studies showing it was cost effective in preventing the need to treat so many patients with such expensive medicines". She also added in her telephonic interview that, "There's a real problem about the affordability of these drugs. But one way to make them more available is to reduce the numbers who develop these cancers with screening.". David Ransohoff of the University of North Carolina, whose comments on the study was published in the Lancet Medical Journal , said, " The good news is that this size of benefit is large for any cancer screening test, certainly compared with mammography for breast cancer or assay of prostate-specific antigen (PSA tests) for prostate cancer,"
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