Sigmoidoscopy Screening Reduces CRC, Mortality
A single sigmoidoscopy screening significantly reduced the long-term incidence of colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a new pooled analysis of four randomized trials. Although endoscopic screening provides an opportunity for early identification and removal of premalignant polyps, data quantifying the long-term effects of sigmoidoscopy screening are lacking, corresponding author Frederik E. Juul, MD, said in an interview.
@quincy In the pooled analysis, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from Norway, the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom reviewed data from four studies with at least 15 years of follow-up. The analysis included 137,493 individuals randomized to at least one sigmoidoscopy screening and 137,459 randomized to usual care.