Using Colonoscopy to Reduce Risk of Colon Cancer


Colonoscopy is a very effective cancer preventiontest.

It's one of the few things we can do in medicine where not only can we find cancer,but we can prevent it.

We do that through removing polyps, which are small precancerousgrowths.

And when we remove those, we not only stop that polyp in its tracks and reducethe risk of cancer from there, but then we can tell if people are higher risk for futurepolyps and watch them more closely.

It's very gratifying to be able to remove polyps andreduce someone's risk of colon cancer.

This goes for sporadic cancers, which are somethingthat would occur in the average risk population and that's why we recommend everyone shouldget a colonoscopy at fifty, but also very effective in in people at an increased risk,including hereditary cancer syndromes or a family history of colon cancer.

Colonoscopyis something that can be intimidating the first time a patient undergoes it.

However,you know it is something that we've improved over time.

Patients are very comfortable forthe procedure and the prep, which is what most patients hear horror stories about fromother um patients or family members, a is is much better tolerated at this point.

Wenow reduce the volume and split it into two different sessions.

When we have bring youin for a colonoscopy, you'll generally be sedated and be very comfortable.

And thenas we're looking at the colon, we can find polyps.

When we find these polyps, which are,you know, small growths we can remove them either by different methods, including whatwe call a snare or a lasso-type method or biopsies, which is a a forceps-type method.

This is painless for the patient, a very low risk procedure and we know it's beneficialto reduce the risk of cancer in the rest of your lifetime.

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