Growing number of experts backing colonoscopy alternatives

The San Francisco (CA) Chronicle reported that even though a colonoscopy “is the best, one-shot way to screen and detect colon cancer for now, most health professionals agree,” a growing “number of experts are beginning to voice support for alternative methods, which they say could be used more widely to prevent colorectal cancer.”

Given the fact that a third of older Americans have not undergone any colon cancer screening whatsoever, gastroenterologist James Allison, MD, of the University of California-San Francisco, “contends more people – particularly the uninsured or those whose coverage has high co-payments or does not cover the full cost – might get screened if alternatives were encouraged.”

He promotes increased use of the newest most sensitive form of stool sampling, a test called the fecal immunochemical test, or FIT.

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