Colon Cancer Screening Update

Friday, October 29, 2010 // Uncategorized

10/28/2008 12:00:00 AM

The first article is from the Wall Street Journal which summarizes increasing acceptance of colonography or “virtual colonoscopy”.
The bottom line:
Upside:  There is less risk of complications, i.e., perforation of the colon.
Downside: 1. You’re awake and they squirt carbon dioxide in your rectum to inflate the colon.
2. f a sizeable polyp is found, you need to a colonoscopy to have it removed and have to go through the prep again.
3.There is radiation exposure.
4. Not all insurances cover it.
Virtual Colonoscopy

The second article summarizes the recommendations of a national task force, the USPSTF.  It includes their recommendations on colon cancer screening.  It does not include virtual colonoscopy.  Be sure to read the comments at the end.
The bottom line:  If you’ve lived to a ripe old age without colon cancer screening, you probably don’t need it.  That doesn’t include people who have symptoms.

Colon Cancer Screening Under Age 75


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