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US colon cancer rate dropped 30% among over 50s in past decade

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2226
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The incidence of colon cancer among people aged 50 or older in the United States fell 30% over the past decade, say a pair of reports from the American Cancer Society.1 2

The reports credit the decline in incidence on the widespread uptake of colonoscopy screening, which almost tripled among adults aged 50-75 years, from 19% in 2000 to 55% in 2010.

Screening allows the detection and removal of polyps that if untreated can progress to cancer.

The decline in incidence was …

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