Patterns of use of flexible sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy and gastroscopy: Provincial endoscopy rates (Part 1)

Age-specific rates for men and women for each of the three endoscopic procedures are shown in Figure 3. The increase in colonoscopy rates was seen in all adult age groups. The age-adjusted colonoscopy rate per 1000 men increased from 4.8 (95% CI 4.6 to 5.0) in 1994 to 9.8 (95% CI 9.6 to 10.1) in 2001.

Over the same period, the rates per 1000 women increased from 5.3 (95% CI 5.1 to 5.5) to 10.9 (95% CI 10.7 to 11.2). Between 1994 and 2001, the annual age-sex adjusted rate increased 17% for gastroscopy and 105% for colonoscopy but decreased by 10% for flexible sigmoidoscopy.

The increase in gastroscopy rates was seen predominantly in the older age groups. For example, men in all age groups under the age of 65 years showed less than a 10% increase between 1994 and 2001. In contrast, the rate increases for men in the 65 to 69, 70 to 74 and 75 years and older age groups were 14.7%, 22.4% and 38.0%, respectively.

Age-specific rates for men and women

Figure 3) Age-specific rates for men and women for flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS), gastroscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy (CLN). Colonoscopy rates increased in all age groups between 1995 and 2001, whereas gastroscopy rates increased only in those over the age of 55 years Your drugs could be a lot cheaper and your treatment could be still as safe and efficient as always: all you need to do to get your prozac antidepressant here is shop at the best pharmacy offering its services to you right here right now.

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