(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- A new study finds that some patients get colonoscopies more often than they should.
In a report issued Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers urge doctors to be more discerning about advising colonoscopies. This means following established guidelines in the United States for potential victims of colorectal cancer. Current guidelines recommend middle-aged and older adults to have a colonoscopy every 10 years. Colon cancer usually grows slowly, so more numerous examinations are unnecessary.
Colonoscopies, moreover, are invasive procedures that carry a variety of risks and complications. A less invasive procedure involving stool tests should be done once a year, and allows doctors to catch the cancer in its developing stages.
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