Cancer prevention question: When did you have your last colonoscopy?
That word sends shudders up and down the spine, and distaste into the mouth. That’s how I felt until I had my first one. Now it’s part of my anti-cancer arsenal of prevention tools.
He doesn’t like this stuff either!
Did you know according to the National Cancer Institute, Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and is highest among people aged 75-84?
A recent large study has confirmed what many public health experts have long believed — Colonoscopy saves lives.
The study looked at roughly 25,000 patients in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system, where colonoscopy is widely used.
According to Dr. Charles Kahi, who led the study, the results confirm that colonoscopies save lives.
This conclusion was seconded by Dr. Andrew Chan, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who reviewed the findings.
“I am not surprised,” Chan said. “The results confirm an already substantial body of data supporting that colonoscopy is associated with a substantial reduction in risk of colorectal cancer.”
What do you think? Worth doing?