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Medical News and Perspectives
March 5, 2003

Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines Stress Initial Test's Importance

JAMA. 2003;289(9):1089-1090. doi:10.1001/jama.289.9.1089

The authors of new guidelines for colorectal cancer screening tweaked existing recommendations while stressing the importance of initial screenings for people aged 50 years or older.

The initial screen is especially important because it detects the largest, most dangerous polyps, which can be removed through a polypectomy, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. It also helps get patients in the habit of screening, thus improving the chances of early detection of colorectal cancer—a key factor in surviving this malignancy.

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