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October 22/29, 2003

Optimal Intervals and Techniques for Screening SigmoidoscopyOptimal Intervals and Techniques for Screening Sigmoidoscopy

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(16):2122-2123. doi:10.1001/jama.290.16.2122-a

To the Editor: The study by Dr Schoen and colleagues1 suggests that important opportunities to prevent colon cancer may be missed with a 3-year flexible sigmoidoscopy interval, let alone with the 5-year interval recommended by most guidelines. These data, however, do not necessarily apply to colonoscopy, a test that is done with sedation and a more complete bowel preparation.