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Many polyps are not detected by population screening of colorectal cancer

Many polyps are not detected by population screening of colorectal cancer

The population screening for colorectal cancer misses the vast majority of ‘zaagtandvormige’ polyps, the main precursors of colon cancer. That concludes the AMC in Amsterdam Thursday published research.

According to the academic hospital occurs 15 to 30 percent of all colorectal cancers from these polyps and not from the ‘red bulbous polyps’ that by screening to be detected.

About the zaagtandvormige polyps existed for a long time the suspicion that they hardly play a role in the etiology of colon cancer. But that is thus, according to the AMC otherwise.

“These polyps can actually grow into cancerous growths and are more common than previously thought,” says physician and researcher Joep IJspeert in his doctoral research.

Every year, about 15,000 Dutch people to make with colon cancer.

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