Published in Health Insurance Week, February 1st, 2009
Four articles and an editorial in the January/February issue of Annals look at the issue of colorectal cancer screening and the role of primary care in early detection. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, in part because only slightly more than one-half of eligible adults aged 50 years and older report being up-to-date with screening.
In a meta-analysis of 12 studies on the outcomes of screening colonoscopies performed by primary care physicians, Wilkins and colleagues find that colonoscopies performed by primary care physicians appear to be safe and effective,...
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