Your Health: Sep. 3, 2001

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CANCER TEST Colonoscopy--an examination of the entire colon--can cost upwards of $1,000 but is far superior at detecting colon cancer than less expensive methods. Researchers found that fecal tests combined with a partial examination of the colon--a procedure called sigmoidoscopy that costs only a few hundred dollars--missed 24% of cancers. Reluctant insurers may now be pressured to cover the more thorough method.

SAFE IUD? A study suggests that intrauterine devices (better known as IUDs) may be as safe as other forms of birth control after all. Women who participated in the study showed no risk of becoming infertile as...

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