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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Colonoscopy Update: Doctors unveil four pills that do the same job as liquid laxatives in the cancer screening prep

  • Pills as effective as patients drinking litres of liquid laxatives before undergoing virtual colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Americans
  • Doctors advise those aged 50 and order undergo regular screenings


  • Gone may soon be the days when litres of unpleasant liquid laxatives are the unwelcoming first step before a virtual colonoscopy, and researchers hope colorectal cancer too.

    Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona have unveiled four small pills they say have the same bowel-cleansing effect of the previously prescribed self-cleansing liquid required before the cancer screening.

    The unpleasant process of drinking several litres of the liquid laxatives has been linked to patients delaying or skipping the cancer's recommending screening all together, according to the doctors.

    Revelation: Researchers have unveiled a new pill shown where four taken have the same bowel-cleansing effect of previously prescribed liquid laxatives needed for colonoscopies
    Revelation: Researchers have unveiled a new pill shown where four taken have the same bowel-cleansing effect of previously prescribed liquid laxatives needed for colonoscopies


    That effect has added to colorectal cancer being the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Americans, the Mayo Clinic reports.

    'Some become so anxious about drinking so much liquid that they avoid the entire procedure, putting them at risk of undiagnosed cancer,' the clinic states.
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