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Primary care visits result in more colon cancer screening, better followups

(UT Southwestern Medical Center) People who visit their primary care physicians are more likely to get potentially life-saving colon cancer screenings and follow up on abnormal stool blood test results -- even in health systems that heavily promote mail-in home stool blood tests that don't require a doctor visit, a study involving UT Southwestern population health researchers shows.
The results are important because screening for colon cancer -- the third most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States -- is underutilized in the U.S. Given the growing interest in population health, many health systems are aggressively using outreach strategies that don't require a face-to-face doctor visit to initiate cancer screening.
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