A colonoscopy, which uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera and light affixed to look inside the colon, is by far the most effective way to detect polyps, the precursors to colon cancer, and early cancerous lesions. Dr. Loria performs this life-saving screening with the ground-breaking new, FUSE colonoscope that features three cameras for a 330-degree view of the colon. By comparison, standard colonoscopes have just a single camera and provide only a 170-degree view of the colon. FUSE colonoscopes can detect 76% more polyps than older versions, according to a study published in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology. Contrary to public perception, a colonoscopy is a relatively quick and painless procedure. New bowel preparation formulas are highly tolerable. Dr. Loria explains what to expect and puts patients at ease during a pre-colonoscopy consultation.
Men and woman with an average risk of colon cancer should get a screening colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at the age of 50. Those with a risk factor for colon cancer, such as having a first-degree relative with a history of colorectal cancer or polyps, should have their first screening colonoscopy at age 40. Those from families with multiple relatives with early cancers may be genetically predisposed to early colon cancer and may need to be screened even earlier.
The number of colorectal cancer deaths has been declining for several decades, thanks to early detection of colorectal polyps through routine colonoscopy. Still, colon and rectal cancer accounts for 50,000 deaths a year. As many as 60% of these could be prevented if everyone 50 years old and above had a colonoscopy, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). That’s because colon cancer often doesn’t cause any symptoms. It can take as long as 10 to 15 years for a polyp to become cancerous. Once cancer spreads beyond the colon or rectum, survival rates drop considerably.
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