Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer that affects both men and women. Risk factors that can contribute to colon cancer include being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, diets high in red meat, smoking, heavy alcohol use, older age, personal history of precancerous polyps, personal history of inflammatory bowel disease, family history of colon cancer or colon polyps, diabetes, and genetic syndromes. Some things you can do to minimize your risk include staying fit, following healthy dietary habits, curtailing/stopping smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, controlling glucose levels and having regular discussions with your physician.

Fortunately, colon cancer is one of the few cancers that is preventable; more importantly, you have the power to prevent it. A simple 15-20 minute colonoscopy can help prevent this cancer from ever developing. The hardest part of the procedure is the preparation, which involves inducing diarrhea. Once you arrive for the procedure, you enter a restful sleep with no memory of the procedure and no discomfort. A good colonoscopy can save your life by preventing colon cancer; but not all colonoscopies are the same.

Getting a FUSE® colonoscopy can prevent colon cancer from happening in the first place, avoiding chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat colon cancer.

Assuming the preparation of the colon is adequate, two factors determine how good an exam you receive:

  1. How good is the technology used by the endoscopist
  2. How good is the endoscopist at finding and removing precancerous growths, known as polyps. These two are actually related to each other.

The colon is a tube which twists and turns and has many walls. To see the entire colon and look for polyps, it is extremely important to have maximum visualization. Traditional scopes use 20 year old technology with one camera to see 170 degrees inside the colon. FUSE scopes use modern innovation with three cameras to see 330 degrees inside the colon. FUSE scopes can see almost twice as much as the older technology, making it more likely that polyps will be seen and removed. In fact, studies have shown that endoscopists who use FUSE scopes detect and remove more precancerous polyps than with traditional scopes.

CONCLUSION:

A colonoscopy can save your life by preventing colon cancer. Talk to a gastroenterologist to see if you need a colonoscopy. If you do, find out what the precancerous polyp detection rate of your endoscopist is. Also, insist on modern technology FUSE scopes for your procedure. YOU deserve nothing less.

About the author

Dr. Prashant Krishnan
Gastroenterologist at 719-636-1201

Dr. Prashant Krishnan is a Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado, Rocky Vista University, and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He is also a board member of the practice, a local hospital, and sits on multiple committees.

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