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FIT could reduce colonoscopies by 70% but may miss 30% of cancers



Using annual fecal immunochemical tests for surveillance in patients with intermediate risk for colorectal cancer could reduce colonoscopies and cut costs, according to research published in Gut, but researchers warned that may a cost of missed cancers and adenomas.
Amanda J. Cross, PhD, of the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London, and colleagues wrote that while colonoscopies help reduce incidence of CRC, they can lead to anxiety or discomfort among patients.
“Colonoscopy surveillance places great demand on endoscopy services, accounting for 20% of colonoscopies in

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