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Colorectal cancer: Prevention with sigmoidoscopy

The incidence of colorectal cancer was reduced by 33% in people who have made a sigmoidoscopy
The incidence of colorectal cancer was reduced by 33% in people who have made a sigmoidoscopy
 

Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the world with approximately 1 million cases occur each year. The rate of survival is strongly associated with early diagnosis.

Of the approximately 170,000 people in the study, more than 113,000 have been assigned to a control group and more than 57,000 have passed a sigmoidoscopy.

Scientists have diagnosed nearly 2,520 colon cancers, including 1,818 in the control group and 706 among those who conducted the review during a 11-year follow-up.

The study reported that the incidence of colorectal cancer was reduced by 33% in people who have made a sigmoidoscopy. Mortality, meanwhile, declined by 43%.

"After 11 years of follow up, the incidence of colorectal cancer was reduced by one third and mortality from colorectal cancer by over 40% of those who took the test. The study shows that flexible sigmoidoscopy is a safe and practical test, offered to people aged 55-64 years, provides protection and resistance to long-term colorectal cancer, " say the authors of the study.

 
 
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