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Podcast 147: Proof that colonoscopy with polypectomy saves lives
Joe Elia • February 24th, 2012
Categories: Aging, Audio, Colonoscopy, colorectal cancer, screening, Uncategorized
Everyone “knows” that colonoscopy reduces risks of death from colorectal cancer, but it’s good to have your knowledge actually verified, and a new bit of research seems to do that in this case.
Long-term follow-up of a group of patients who underwent colonoscopy and polypectomy in the 1980s shows that removal of adenomatous polyps brought with it a risk of dying from colorectal that was half the risk found in the general population. About 80% of these patients, it should be mentioned, underwent strict surveillance for 10 years after their adenomatous polyps were excised.
This is good news, no? And it offers clinicians a “teaching moment” with their patients who are reluctant to undergo the procedure.
Listen in as we interview Dr. Ann Zauber, first author on the New England Journal of Medicine paper.
New England Journal of Medicine editorial (subscription required)