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Colon cancer screening

Most people treated for colon cancer are not getting their recommended follow-up tests, new research shows. Careful screening is important to ensure any recurrence of the cancer is caught early, but many patients are not receiving these tests - putting their long-term health at risk. There will be an estimated 149,000 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in The United States this year. The good news is that the majority are caught early enough to have an excellent chance for a cure. But even after surgery, patients remain at risk for a recurrence. Guidelines call for colon cancer survivors to see their doctors at least twice a year, to have blood tests to check for cancer-related proteins, and to have regular colonoscopies. However, a new study finds 60 percent of colon cancer patients are not receiving this recommended care. Doctors examined records from more than 9,400 patients and found most DID see a physician twice a year. But more than a quarter of the study participants had not had a colonoscopy in 3 years. Fewer than half had the recommended blood test. Men and African American patients were less likely to have had optimal follow-up care. Experts say doctors need to make sure to schedule follow-up tests for all patients, and then patients need to keep those appointments.

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well personally i get kind

well personally i get kind of fed up with all the talk on the media...oprah,news,etc about preventitive care and how we need to get screened. cancer runs rampant in my family. i am the only one left out of parents,and three siblings. i should have a colonoscopy and i would---IF I HAD HEALTH INSURANCE. these things are expensive,how are people supposed to pay for these things?i make too much money to qualify for help,such as the tileston clinic...yet not enought to be able to afford hundreds or thousands of dollars for certain tests.some people have no idea how downright scary it is when you are having symptoms,are worried and cant do anything about it except pray its nothing serious.