At Last, Good News About Colon Cancer And Rectal Cancer.
Colon cancer is a frightening diagnosis. Colorectal cancer is the third most common malignancy, and causes the second most number of yearly cancer-related deaths in the United States. Colorectal cancer is responsible for approximately 150,000 new diagnoses per year and causes 50,000 deaths. This does not include the untold amount of heartache and anguish brought on by this disease.
In a new report, the incidence of colorectal cancer was found to have decreased by 30% in the last ten years in adults over the age of 50. The report attributes this startling finding to Americans having received regular colonoscopy screenings. Not coincidentally, recommendations are to begin the screening at age 50. The screening is performed by many physicians, including colon and rectal surgeons, also known as proctologists. The report was prepared by clinicians at The National Cancer Institute and The Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Even More Good News.
The report continues that in patients over the age of 65, the death rate has fallen 3% per year. This is the group covered by Medicare. The report cites the important fact that Medicare pays for this screening and that there is no cost to patients. Between 2008 and 2010, the incidence of colon cancer have fallen 7.2% per year. The incidence is declining at an accelerating rate. In line with this good news, the group is pushing to achieve an 80% screening rate by the year 2018.
Some Not So Good News.
Unfortunately, the news is not so good for the poor and the uninsured, with major differences in both the incidence of colorectal cancer and the death rate from colorectal cancer. Screening has remained low. The reasons for this are multifactorial. These statistics continue to be troublesome.
Colonoscopy. The Steps Toward Health.
As many now know, a colonoscopy involves looking at the lining of the colon and rectum with a scope. While there are other methods of doing this, colonoscopy remains the gold standard. Any polyps, those overgrowths responsible for developing into cancer, can be removed during the procedure. The procedure is performed at an outpaitient surgical center or at the outpatient are of a hospital such as Cedars-SinaiMedicalCenter.
What’s Involved? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
- Consult with your colon specialist and make arrangements for the colonoscopy. It is covered by most insurance plans.
- Prepare (cleanse) your bowels the day before the exam.
- Fast (do not eat) after midnight before the colonoscopy.
- Check in to your facility.
- An I.V. (intravenous) will be placed, and, in the colonoscopy suite, you will be monitored and sedated.
- You will sleep while your doctor works.
- Awaken in recovery room and receive (hopefully) good news (receiving good news is more likely if you have regular colonoscopies).
- Return home and have that meal that you have been dreaming about for the prior 24 hours.
Los AngelesColon and Rectal Surgical Associates.
The surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates are board certified and have many years of experience diagnosing and treating colorectal cancer and, indeed all disease of the colon, rectum and anus. Colonoscopy and surveillance are standard skills for your surgeon.
Call (310)273-2310 to schedule your consultation and begin moving forward down the path of good health.