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March 10, 2015

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In co-operation with Lancaster General Hospital, we’re please to share this important message.

Why get a colonoscopy?

It could save your life…

by Dr. Dale J. Rosenberg

If you could get a test that could prevent cancer from developing, would you say no? Unfortunately, too many Americans are doing exactly that. By not following recommendations for a colonoscopy, you are missing out on a life-saving opportunity.

Dale J. Rosenberg, MD, is a physician with Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster, Ltd., specializing in gastrointestinal disorders. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical College and is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Colon cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, with approximately 140,000 new cases diagnosed in this country every year. Approximately 51,000 people die from the disease annually. A New England Journal of Medicine study indicates colonoscopy could have played a life-saving role in thousands of these deaths.

Colonoscopy saves lives
Experts say the study is the best evidence yet that colonoscopy prevents deaths. Tracking patients for 20 years, the study concluded that colonoscopy cut the death rate from colorectal cancer by 53 percent in people whose physicians removed what are known as adenomatous polyps during the test.

According to federal estimates, however, only 6 in 10 adults are up-to-date in following the screening recommendations. In general, you should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 50—earlier if you have a family history of the disease or signs that you may have a problem.

What is a colonoscopy?
During a colonoscopy, your doctor examines the inside of your intestine by inserting a tube with a tiny camera into your rectum. It’s not the most pleasant of tests. You need to take strong laxatives the day before to clean out your intestine, but during the actual exam, you’ll most likely be sedated so you won’t feel a thing.

If precancerous polyps are spotted, they can be removed immediately. While not every polyp turns into cancer, nearly all colorectal cancers start out as adenomatous polyps.

Before this study, research showed that removing precancerous polyps cut the incidence of colorectal cancer. Now we know that the test saves lives—the most important statistic of any cancer screening. It can also detect at an early stage any cancer that’s present.

Along with cervical and skin cancer, colon cancer is one of the few cancers that a screening test can prevent. But the exam only works if people use it.

Some people are simply embarrassed; others are deterred by the bowel preparation, which is often the toughest part. Cost is another factor if the test is not covered by your insurance plan.

Regardless of whatever misgivings people have about colonoscopy, everyone needs to understand the life-saving potential of this test. And unlike other cancer screenings, you only need a colonoscopy every 10 years if no polyps are detected.

Talk to your doctor about colonoscopy and whether it’s time for you to have this important screening. 

 

You may feel groggy and a bit weak after having this screening done.  Most doctors require you to have someone along to drive for you and help you get safely home and comfortable again.  PA Home Care can help you in successfully maneuvering this important milestone.  Call us today and let’s talk.

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