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Both Lower Endoscopy and FOBT Found Effective in Colorectal Cancer Screening

The benefits of screening for colorectal cancer, regardless of approach, are made apparent in two New England Journal of Medicine studies.

The first study comprises almost 90,000 clinicians followed for 22 years. Relative to no self-reported endoscopy, those who underwent sigmoidoscopy had an approximately 40% reduction in colorectal cancer mortality; the reduction was even higher with colonoscopy (70%).


The second study examines 30-year outcomes in some 47,000 people randomized to usual care or to annual or biennial fecal occult-blood testing (FOBT) during two 6-year spans. Compared with usual care, the relative risk for colorectal cancer death was 0.68 for annual screening and 0.78 for biennial screening.

Editorialists warn against comparing endoscopy versus FOBT on the basis of these studies, since screening technologies have changed over the years and ongoing trials are addressing their comparative effectiveness.


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  • Free Clinic Rooms Available

    Pharmasal, a chain of 6 retail pharmacies has a number of free clinic rooms available within the pharmacies in Tarxien, St. Paul’s Bay, Zejtun, and Dingli. We are looking to increase our list of family doctors and specialists. Family doctors are given preference for the clinic at Zejtun.  For more information, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 99425939.

    Written on October 18, 2017

    Rational Pharmacy, Valley Road, B'Kara requires consultants & family doctors for early morning & afternoon sessions.

    Please contact 99891732 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Written on October 09, 2017


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