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Simple risk score for colon cancer identifies people likely to benefit from colonoscopy

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 11 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4323
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

A simple scoring system for colon cancer risk accurately identifies people at low risk for colorectal cancer who can be screened by less invasive methods than colonoscopy, as well as those at high risk in whom colonoscopy may be preferred, shows a US cross sectional study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.1

Researchers studied 4500 consecutive people aged 50 to 89 who were scheduled to have their first screening colonoscopy at endoscopy units in the mid-western states of the United States from December 2004 to September 2011. Just over 3000 people were included …

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