Colorectal cancer screening: Flexible sigmoidoscopy expert panel 1st watching brief (2009)

Review the NORCCAP trial results about flexible sigmoidoscopy for colorectal cancer screening in this watching brief from June 2009

This watching brief gives background information, but no definitive answers or clinical recommendations.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy is an endoscopic procedure which uses a flexible fiber-optic instrument to examine the rectum and lower (distal) colon.

The recently published results from the US PLCO, the UK FS, the Italy (SCORE), and the Norwegian (NORCCAP) trials give clear evidence that screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy reduces both the rate of colorectal cancer and the number of related deaths in average-risk individuals.

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