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Colonoscopies Miss 6% of Colorectal Cancers

HealthDay reports on new findings published in the journal Gastroenterology that found that colonoscopies may actually miss 6% of colorectal cancers. “Researchers analyzed data from patients who underwent colonoscopies in Utah between 1995 and 2009. About 6 percent of the patients who got a clean bill of health after their colonoscopy were diagnosed with colorectal cancer within three to five years.” The cancers were typically found in “patients over the age of 65, patients with a family history of colorectal cancer and patients in whom polyps were previously found.”

Read the article published by HealthDay.