Long-term Risk of Colorectal Cancer After Negative Colonoscopy
Brenner H, Chang-Claude J, Seiler CM, Hoffmeister M.
J Clin Oncol. 2011;29:3761-3767.
These German investigators have previously reported a case-control study showing that colonoscopy protects against colorectal cancer (CRC) for ≥ 10 years. This was a larger study involving 1692 patients with CRC and 1896 population control patients. After a single negative colonoscopy, the age- and sex-adjusted odds ratios for CRC at the following intervals were 0.14 (1-2 years), 0.10 (3-4 years), 0.26 (5-9 years), 0.36 (10-19 years), and 0.41 (≥ 20 years). Risk reductions were seen for both right-sided and left-sided cancers.
Why Is This a Game Changer?
This investigation (conducted by gastroenterologists) shows that a negative colonoscopy is associated with substantial and extended risk reductions for both right- and left-sided colon cancers. The key issue is a quality exam!
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Cite this: David A. Johnson. Game Changers in Gastroenterology: 2011 - Medscape - Nov 23, 2011.