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Colon cancer awareness month often means claims but no evidence

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Reporters all over the country had been sent an announcement about a revolutionary colon cancer blood test.

Well, Katie Hobson of US News & World Report checked it out and reports that the claims are long on hype but short on proof.

Yet, she writes, “a company press release issued on December 14 begins by stating that ’embarrassing and sometimes uncomfortable colonoscopies may soon be a thing of the past.’ “

This is how it goes in health care marketing these days: feed the worried well with the promise of more screening tests that are easier to do.

Meantime, Sharon Begley of Newsweek sends her kudos to us for our recent posts on colonoscopy questions. Thanks, Sharon. Just doing our job.

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