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May 29, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 11


Medical illustration of a sigmoidoscope in the colon. (Illustration by Terese Winslow for NCI)Sigmoidoscopy Proves to Be Effective Screening Tool for Colorectal Cancer

In a large randomized trial in healthy men and women aged 55 to 74, sigmoidoscopy substantially reduced the incidence of and mortality from colorectal cancer. Newly diagnosed cases of the disease fell by 21 percent and colorectal cancer deaths fell by 26 percent after a median of 12 years of follow-up. 

The findings, from the NCI-funded Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial appeared online May 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more > >


Meet NCI Experts at ASCO 2012

NCI at ASCO banner NCI staff will participate in the upcoming American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) 48th Annual Meeting on June 1–5 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.
Attendees can learn about NCI's programs and resources by visiting booth #2047 in the exhibit hall during the meeting. Learn more about NCI-sponsored sessions and activities online, and look for additional highlights from the meeting in the June 12 issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin.



  • Notes

    • In Memoriam: Cedric Long, Assistant Director of NCI's Division of Extramural Activities
    • NCI's Advanced Technology Research Facility Opens
    • NCI and China Cancer Institute Discuss Research Issues and Medical Journalism
    • Paula Jacobs Appointed Associate Director in NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
    • Proposals Sought for Use of PLCO Data and Biospecimens
    • Cyber-Seminar Will Examine Cancer Control at the State and Local Level

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