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Noninvasive test optimizes colon cancer screening rates

  • Posted: August 14, 2013

A study of nearly 6,000 North Texas patients suggests sweeping changes be made to the standard of care strategy for colorectal screenings, finding that participation rates soared depending on the screening method offered and how patient outreach was done. The results also suggest that a noninvasive colorectal screening approach, such as a fecal immunochemical tests (FIT) might be more effective in prompting participation in potentially lifesaving colon cancer screening among underserved populations than a colonoscopy, a more expensive and invasive procedure. Researchers from UT Southwestern (home of the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center) and the University of California, San Diego (home of the Moores Comprehensive Cancer Center) collaborated on the study.

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