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Health Center Today, May 18, 2010

Colon Cancer Expertís Research Suggests Hi-Def Scope for Smokers

By Chris DeFrancesco

Dr. Joseph Anderson of the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center continues his research into the connection between smoking and colorectal cancer, most recently as lead author of a study published in the journal Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

The study finds an association between smoking and flat adenomas, which are polyps in the colon that are difficult to detect because of their shape. The data suggest a need for the use of high-definition colonoscopes in smokers in order to detect flat adenomas so they can be removed before they can become cancerous.

The articleís abstract is available at

Reuters Health reported on this research May 10.