3 days popular7 days popular1 month popular3 months popular

Clinical scoring system suggests possibility of more precise colon cancer screening

A clinical scoring system for colon cancer risk could help physicians identify which average-risk patients could potentially skip a colonoscopy and instead be screened with a less-invasive method. The researchers suggest that this approach could increase the uptake and efficiency of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. The cross-sectional study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]

Several commercial health plans now covering Cologuard colon cancer screening test

Exact Sciences Corp. has announced expanded patient access to Cologuard as a result of several insurers now covering the test. Cologuard is now covered for more than 90 million Medicare and commercial lives across the U.S. Since the start of 2015, several insurers began covering Cologuard as a noninvasive colon cancer screening test. In addition [...]

Increase screening rates to prevent cervical cancer, experts suggest

Efforts to prevent invasive cervical cancer should focus on increasing screening rates, regardless of which test is used, according to a commentary being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Each year, approximately 12,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. Nearly all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human [...]

Simple screening for depression in cancer patients

Cancer patients can be accurately screened for major depression with a simple two-question survey, according to a study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 55th Annual Meeting. The two-question screening test proved to be as accurate as a longer nine-question screening test. The study was presented at plenary session by William Small, Jr., [...]

Too Frequent Cervical-Cancer Screenings May Cause More Harm Than Good

For decades, women between the ages of 21 and 69 were advised to get annual screening exams for cervical cancer. In 2009, however, accumulating scientific evidence led major guideline groups to agree on a new recommendation that women be screened less frequently: every three years rather than annually. Despite the revised guidelines, about half of [...]