Apr 16, 2013 — Save yourself some hassles by checking with your doctor before the test to make sure the office will bill the insurer for the procedure as preventive screening rather than a diagnostic test.
Mar 28, 2013 — A new campaign is aimed at helping people overcome the stigma of colon cancer screening. Public health advocates have been laboring for years to get people over age 50 in for colonoscopies, but so far just 60 percent have been screened.
Dec 21, 2012 — There is a strong consensus in favor of colon cancer screening. Educational efforts have fallen short when it comes to meeting public health goals. Why don't more people get tested?
Jun 5, 2012 — Before a colonoscopy, ask the doctor about his or her detection rate for polyps. And find out how long, on average, the doctor takes to withdraw the scope from the patient. About 10 minutes is the optimal duration, a recent analysis says.
May 22, 2012 — Over the past decade or so, sigmoidoscopy has been largely abandoned by doctors in the U.S. in favor of colonoscopy to detect and prevent colon cancer. But sigmoidoscopy is easier on patients and is also effective in finding precancerous polyps.
Mar 20, 2012 — Anesthesia is being used more often for colonoscopies, even if people really don't need it. People in the Northeast are far more likely to be put to sleep, compared to the West Coast, where insurers are less likely to pay.