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Colonoscopy Screening in the US Astronaut CorpsHistorically, colonoscopy screenings for astronauts have been conducted to ensure that astronauts are in good health for space missions. This data has been identified as being useful for determining appropriate occupational surveillance targets and requirements. Colonoscopies in the astronaut corps can be used for: (a) Assessing overall colon health, (b) A point of reference for future tests in current and former astronauts, (c) Following-up and tracking rates of colorectal cancer and polyps; and (d) Comparison to military and other terrestrial populations. In 2003, medical screening requirements for the active astronaut corps changed to require less frequent colonoscopies. Polyp removal during a colonoscopy is an intervention that prevents the polyp from potentially developing into cancer and decreases the individual's risk for colon cancer.
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Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Masterova, K.
(Loyola Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Van Baalen, M.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Wear, M. L.
(Wyle Science, Technology and Engineering Group Houston, TX, United States)
Murray, J.
(Wyle Science, Technology and Engineering Group Houston, TX, United States)
Schaefer, C.
(MEI Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
February 4, 2016
Publication Date
February 8, 2016
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
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Meeting Information
Meeting: 2016 Human Research Program Investigators'' Workshop (HRP IWS 2016)
Location: Galveston, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: February 8, 2016
End Date: February 11, 2016
Sponsors: NASA Johnson Space Center
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Public Use Permitted.
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