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Colonoscopy outdoes FIT.

Screening with FIT yielded a similar percentage of colorectal cancers per invited person when compared with colonoscopy but colonoscopy detected more cancers per person actually screened, wrote Dr. Michael Bretthauer and Dr. Mette Kalager.

Moreover, the diagnostic yield for adenomas in particular - lesions that may well progress to cancer - was low with FIT This finding "indicates that FIT is not a good test for detecting adenomas," they noted.

DR. BRETTHAUER is at Oslo University Hospital Rikshospitalet and the Cancer Registry of Norway in Oslo. Dr. Kalager is at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and Teletnark Hospital, Skien, Norway. Dr. Bretthauer reported ties to Folk Pharma and Olympus Optical Europe, These remarks were taken from their editorial accompanying Dr. Quintero's report (N. Engl. J. Med. 2012;366:759-60).
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Title Annotation:VIEW ON THE NEWS
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Date:Mar 15, 2012
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