Maybe you won't need that awful colonscopy

Research  has come up with new ways to screen for colon cancer using less invasive procedures, reports the Wall Street Journal.

It would be a great relief for those many Americans over 40-years-old who are subjected every few years to the colonoscopyuncomfortable (painful, some would say) colonoscopy procedure in which a TV camera is literally stuffed up one's butt to search for suspicious growths called polyps or signs of cancer. Equally disgusting for many is the gag-inducing fluids you have to force yourself to drink to clean out you colon before the procedure.

For those reasons alone (aside from its cost), many people who should be checking for colon cancer choose to avoid colonoscopies altogether. Making this test less odious should qualify for a Nobel Prize.

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Tags: colon cancer, colonoscopy

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