Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Debate over the usefulness of colon testing has caused some medical professionals to suggest that the test can lead to overdiagnosis and unnecessary spending on treatments, but a new study finds that annual screening is the best way to prevent the various forms of colorectal cancer, which actually saves money.
The study conducted by London researchers showed that screening of patients between the ages of 55 and 60 reduced rates of colorectal cancer by 33 percent.
The researchers said that, while some believe increased testing results in higher numbers of costly treatments, the amount saved by catching problems early and avoiding more aggressive treatments down the road actually results in lower costs, in addition to fewer deaths.
"There's a real problem about the affordability of these drugs," researcher Wendy Atkins told Reuters. "But one way to make them more available is to reduce the numbers who develop these cancers with screening."
Nearly 25 percent of the population was diagnosed with some form of colorectal cancer in 2007, according to the most recent available statistics from the National Cancer Institute.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here
Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.Back to top