Categorized: Gastroenterology, Peer-Reviewed
Polyps with Advanced Neoplasia are Smaller in the Right than in the Left Colon: Implications for Colorectal Cancer Screening
Published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, July 25, 2012
Samir Gupta, MD, Bijal A. Balasubramanian, MBBS, PhD, Tommy Fu, MD, MBA, Robert M. Genta, MD, Don C. Rockey, MD, and Richard Lash, MD
Colonoscopy has been shown to reduce left-sided, but not right-sided, colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. One of the suspected (but unproven) reasons is that in the right colon, advanced polyps (with high-grade dysplasia or cancer) may be smaller than in the left colon and therefore could be more easily missed at colonoscopy.