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Crusading for colon cancer without evidence

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Katie Couric and the NBC Today Show are at it again, with a weeklong series entitled “Confronting Colon Cancer,” and a subtheme of “The Fight For More Screening.”

I heard today’s segment and do not yet have access to a transcript. But what I heard was a confusing jumble of recommendations – some of which included references to recommendations for screening everyone – and how cost-effective that could be. The CDC’s Julie Gerberding talked about “evidence-based” recommendations on the same segment.

The fact is that there is NO evidence-based recommendation for screening the entire population before age 50. Evidence-based guidelines state that high risk individuals may derive benefit from screening before age 50, but there is no such recommendation for the general public.

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