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Colorectal cancer screening

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Patients with a family history of colon cancer and a personal history of polyps should be screened for colon cancer every three years, according to data to be presented by the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons at its annual meeting June 3-8 in Chicago. Based on a study of 832 patients who underwent periodic colonoscopies from 1981 to 2001, ASCRS says women may not need screening as frequently as men, and that patients with a family history but no polyps need follow-up only every five years...
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