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  • 09.21.10

    Screening: Many Skip Follow-Up Tests for Colon Cancer

    The New York Times | Roni Caryn-Rabin

    Almost half of patients who undergo fecal blood tests to screen for colon and rectal cancer fail to follow up with a repeat test within two years as recommended, a new study reports. The test, which requires a stool sample that patients can take themselves and mail to a laboratory, is simple, inexpensive and supported by medical evidence. But it loses its effectiveness if patients do not adhere to regular repeat screenings, according to the authors of the study, being published in Annals of Family Medicine.

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