Wealthy Pick Colonoscopy Over At-home Cancer Test
Colonoscopy has become an increasingly popular method of screening for colon cancer while the rate of at-home stool testing has dropped off, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Cancer, are primarily driven by a trend among people above the poverty line preferring colonoscopy; poor people still choose at-home testing as frequently as they did a decade ago.
Dr. Chyke Doubeni, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who was not involved in the study, said the results demonstrate that in order to raise screening rates in lower socioeconomic-status groups, all types of colon cancers tests should be encouraged.
"Health care providers need to give patients options for screening, not just colonoscopy for everybody," Doubeni told Reuters Health.
Read more about the findings in Reuters Health.