This new app gives benefits of colon cancer screening and can help you to schedule one. A researcher at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin has created an app that could save you from colon cancer.
Colorectal cancer rates have dropped 30 percent during the past 10 years among people ages 50 and older but it is still the third most common cancer in men and women in the U.S, according to the estimation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). March point out the important discussion to be made about this type of cancer as it’s a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
The new study that tests the app for colon cancer information was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine by the co-author Dr. Michael Pignone, chairman of the department of internal medicine at Dell Medical School.
For the study, researchers looked at 450 people who were long-delayed for a colon cancer screening. Some patients were given an iPad with an app to go through the screenings and others were given a traditional patient education method, which did not involve schedule screening way. Both groups of patients then met with their doctors.
The group who was given an iPad with an app was twice as likely to schedule a review screening as compared to others who did not get the app. The study concluded that this new app gives benefits of colon cancer screening.
Pignone says, “People ages 50 to 75 should receive a screening. If they have certain risk factors such as a family history or inflammatory bowel disease, they might need a screening even younger.”