Although many view a colonoscopy as an uncomfortable or even scary procedure, 17.7 million of them are carried out annually in the United States, and 60.6 percent of people aged 50–75 years without a personal history of colorectal cancer have had one in the past 10 years.
It’s believed that a colonoscopy not only helps find cancer but also prevents cancer from developing from polyps. Because of its high level of sensitivity and specificity, colonoscopy has been regarded as the gold standard for colon cancer screenings for a long time.
Unexpected Result From a Major Colonoscopy Study:
However, a recent major clinical study, the Nordic-European Initiative on Colorectal Cancer (NordICC) study published in October 2022, raised questions about the efficacy of colonoscopy.
The study suggested that colonoscopies don’t save as many lives as previously thought. Read more…