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  • 09.28.11

    Men, Women, and Colon-Cancer Screening

    Wall Street Journal | Katherine Hobson

    Gents, a new study suggests you should be receiving screening for colon cancer before females, since you have an increased chance of both polyps and the disease itself. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, covered more than 44,000 Austrian screening-program participants, with an average age of about 61 years. Across all ages, 24.9% of men and polyps or lesions and 8% had advanced polyps, vs. 14.8% and 4.7% of women. Looking at colon cancer itself, the incidence was 1.5% among men and 0.7% in women.

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