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Arthur Coogler

Two South Carolinians die each day of colorectal cancer, and six more are diagnosed. This cancer can occur at any age, even with no family history, and it must be caught early to be cured. A colonoscopy picks up only about 65 percent of lesions, but it is the best we have.

Your doctor will determine when you need to start and how often you need a colonoscopy, based on your family and personal medical history. For average-risk patients (no symptoms or family history), colonoscopies generally start at age 50 (earlier for African-Americans) and are repeated every 10 years.

Jan Eberth, epidemiology and biostatistics, authored “The utility of Google Trends data to examine interest in cancer screening” in BMJ Open.  The article discusses the utility of January 2004 to April 2014 Google Trends data from information searches for cancer screenings and preparations as a complement to population screening data, which are traditionally estimated through costly population-level surveys.

Read the article here.

The 2015-2016 budget recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly contains a specific proviso in the amount of $200,000, matching equivalent funding from private sources, to support the CCCR’s Screening Program, which fosters colonoscopy screening statewide. Legislators supported the proviso for the tired consecutived year, recognizing the potential for screening as an effective strategy to reduce colorectal cancer incidence, deaths and overall health care costs.  The money will leverage funds from The Duke Endowment, the South Carolina BlueCross BlueShield Foundation, the National Institues of Health, and many private donors in increasing screening rates for colorectal cancer among uninsured and medically underserved individuals throughout South Carolina.