Yahoo! News – Patients Face Long Wait for Colonoscopies

Yahoo! News – Patients Face Long Wait for Colonoscopies: “Patients Face Long Wait for Colonoscopies

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BOSTON – Recommendations from medical specialists that healthy adults be screened for colon cancer has resulted in hundreds of thousands of people seeking colonoscopies, producing long waits for the test and straining hospital resources.

‘The demand is endless and limitless and beyond anyone’s expectations,’ Dr. William Brugge, director of endoscopy at Massachusetts General Hospital, told the Boston Sunday Globe. The hospital expects to conduct 25,000 colonoscopies and other gastrointestinal imaging procedures in 2004, a 20 percent jump in one year. “

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