Why Colon Cancer Scare Is Fake News



'While all of that may sound frightening, let’s take a deeper look at your risk, and compare that to the risks of colonoscopy screening. The rate of colon cancer mortality among young adults has risen by about 1 death per 100,000 among young adults, to a 3-in-100,000 risk.

However, the risk of death from colonoscopy is anywhere from 1 out of every 16,318 procedures,8 to 1 for every 1,000 procedures,9 depending on the source!

With some 15 million colonoscopies being done each year in the U.S.,10 that means as many as 15,000 Americans die as a result of this routine screening test, and numbers are likely to increase further if guidelines are changed to encourage people under 50 to get tested.'



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