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Cancer Society gives nod of approval to CT colonography.

The American Cancer Society American Cancer Society, established in 1913, this national volunteer-based health organization is committed to the elimination of cancer through prevention and treatment and to diminishing cancer suffering through advocacy, scholarship, research,
 and other medical groups are recommending computed tomography Computed tomography (CT scan)
X rays are aimed at slices of the body (by rotating equipment) and results are assembled with a computer to give a three-dimensional picture of a structure.
 colonography as a screening option for colorectal cancer colorectal cancer

Malignant tumour of the large intestine (colon) or rectum. Risk factors include age (after age 50), family history of colorectal cancer, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, benign polyps, physical inactivity, and a diet high in fat.

Although experts consider conventional colonoscopy to be the gold standard for colorectal cancer detection, in recent years CT colonography has emerged as a noninvasive screening alternative.

A group of medical organizations, including the ACS (Asynchronous Communications Server) See network access server.  and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, recently released the first-ever joint consensus guidelines for colorectal cancer screening.

The group approved CT colonography at five-year intervals as a test for detecting colorectal polyps Polyps
A tumor with a small flap that attaches itself to the wall of various vascular organs such as the nose, uterus and rectum. Polyps bleed easily, and if they are suspected to be cancerous they should be surgically removed.
 and cancer. The guideline will appear in the May/June issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

In making their recommendation, the researchers noted that CT colonography is a time-efficient procedure that produces good accuracy with minimal invasiveness. With CT colonography, patients can return to work on the same day as the examination.

The group cautioned that CT colonography has not been used long and, as a result, fewer data are available on its benefits, limitations and harms relative to other colorectal cancer screening tests.
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Date:Apr 1, 2008
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