Colonoscopies by primary-care doctors safe, study finds
Though about 90 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable using high-quality colonoscopy, these cancers represent the second-leading cancer killer in the United States. More than 90 percent of the cases of colorectal cancer occur in patients 50 and over.
During a colonoscopy, a flexible tube called the colonoscope is used to view the entire inner lining of the colon and the rectum. The scope allows the doctor to see the lining of the entire rectum and colon. Tissue samples of polyps and cancers can be taken. Most polyps can be removed during the test.
About the study
“Quality and Safety of Screening Colonoscopies Performed by Primary Care Physicians with Standby Specialist Support” was funded by three grants from the National Cancer Institute. Those grants were part of a pilot project under the Community Networks Program parent grant awarded to the S.C. Cancer Disparities Community Network, and the Established Investigator Award in Cancer Prevention and Control from the Cancer Training Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Additional support was received from the University of South Carolina’s Division of Health Sciences and the Center for Colon Cancer Research.