New research finds virtual colonoscopies extremely beneficial - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/4/10

New research finds virtual colonoscopies extremely beneficial

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – New research finds virtual colonoscopy can detect cancers effectively even those outside the colon.  Colorectal cancer screenings are recommended beginning at age 50, but less than half of Americans comply because conventional colonoscopies can be unpleasant, inconvenient and costly. 

However, a large study of 10,000 adults found virtual colonoscopy detected cancer in one out of 200 people who had no symptoms at all. Over half of the cancers found were outside the colon in the abdomen, pelvis and lungs, areas conventional screenings cannot examine.

Virtual colonoscopy uses scans of the colon to detect cancerous lesions, rather than cameras that are guided through the colon.

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