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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hepatitis Screening Offered With Routine Colonoscopy Accepted by 75%

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. – A screening colonoscopy can provide a convenient opportunity to simultaneously test older adults for hepatitis, based on a study of 500 patients, 75% of whom agreed to blood tests for hepatitis A, B, and C.

Adults aged 50-65 years (the "baby boomers") represent a high-risk population for hepatitis, and hepatitis C in particular, because of possible exposure to high-risk activities in their teens and twenties, said Dr. Dawn Sears of Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Tex. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology.

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