If you needed more reassurance about why colonoscopies are necessary, then look no further. A recent study has found more evidence to support the life-saving benefits of this screening method.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery and reported in U.S. News & World Report, looked at almost 1,100 patients and found that patients whose cancer was spotted by a colonoscopy tended to have an earlier stage of the disease at the time of their diagnosis, as well as better survival. The study also found that patients whose colon cancer was not diagnosed by a colonoscopy were at a higher risk of having more invasive tumors, as well as cancers that spread to other parts of the body.
The results of this study give “yet another compelling reason for asymptomatic, average-risk individuals over the age of 50 to get screened by colonoscopy,” said Dr. David Carr-Locke, chief of the division of digestive diseases at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.