Test Your Knowledge about
1. Colorectal cancer can be prevented.
2. Colorectal cancer isn’t a big health problem in the US.
3. I only need to get a colonoscopy if something seems wrong.
4. Most people should start getting their first colonoscopy at age 50.
5. If I have a sibling with a polyp I should begin screening earlier.
6. Lifestyle choices, such as eating right, smoking, exercise and alcohol use have an impact on colorectal cancer risk.
1. Colorectal Cancer can be prevented. - TRUE.
Studies beginning in 1980s demonstrated an 80% reduction in colon cancer when pre-cancerous polyps are removed by colonoscopy. Unfortunately, far too many patients have colonoscopy performed by doctors functioning below the minimum industry-established quality standard. This standard is to find a pre-cancerous polyp in at least one of every four screening patients. When a doctor is not able to detect and remove most of the pre-cancerous adenomas (polyps) the patient continues to be at risk for developing colorectal cancer.
So, the answer to question number one is a qualified yes. Colon cancer is preventable when you have a colonoscopy by a competent doctor. We are working with the leaders in the gastroenterology community to rectify the fact that doctors can achieve and maintain board certification without achieving minimum quality standards in performing colonoscopy.
When you are due for colonoscopy screening, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU CHECK THE DOCTOR’S ADR before having your test. If you cannot find the value, cancel. Find a competent doctor to perform your test. In 2018, 30,000 patients died despite having undergone the arduous colonoscopy screening. They were told they were safe, but in fact remained unprotected.
2. Colorectal cancer isn’t a big health problem in the US. - FALSE.
The only cancer that claims more lives is lung cancer, and we know what causes most of these cases. So, colon cancer is the most preventable cancer. It kills 10,000 more than breast cancer (50,000 versus 40,000). Not only is colorectal cancer deadly, it is an expensive and protracted death. The average case consumes more than $300,000 in healthcare expenses. A majority of the expense is in the chemotherapy that often costs more than $100,000 per drug per patient. Why allow such to occur? We can prevent nearly every case. But the number of cases in 2018 was several hundred more than in 2017. We are losing a battle we have the tools to win. A high-quality colonoscopy can prevent five of every six cases.
Selecting the doctor to perform your colonoscopy should not be an issue. But it is. In 2018, 75,000 patients were told they had colon cancer even though they had been screened. Hopefully, the doctors performing the referrals (usually the PCP) will learn of the horrendous status of quality among colonoscopists. It is quite simple. No patient should be referred to a doctor with an ADR below the standard. The current standard is that a doctor should find an adenoma (pre-cancerous polyp) in one of every four screening colonoscopies.
Only by refusing to allow incompetent doctors to continue to provide screenings will we arrest the tragedies of colon cancer despite colonoscopy (CCdC). Trusting Americans are not accustomed to questioning the competence of doctors. In this instance, it is a matter of life or death. Nearly half of the colonoscopies performed in America are of little benefit. WOW! Hard to believe, but true. Save Your Colon has as its mission to educate the public for the buyer to be aware. You can no longer blindly trust that you will receive a careful inspection and precision removal of the pre-cancerous polyps that lead to colorectal cancer.
But now we give you the tool to remedy the enigma. Just ask. Ask for the ADR value. If they refuse to give you the specific doctor’s ADR, just say thank you, cancel the appointment and find a provider that will give you both the respect you deserve and the protection you should expect.
3. I only need to get a colonoscopy if something seems wrong. - FALSE.
Symptoms from colorectal cancer only occur at the latter stages. It is far too late. Most patients with symptoms will die! Colorectal cancer screening is done based on birthdays. Birthdays and risk factors. Get your first screening as young as possible. If any family members had polyps or colorectal cancer, you must begin at age 40. The fast-growing population of victims is the younger patients. The first screening is the most critical. DO NOT DELAY.
4. Most people should start getting their first colonoscopy at age 50. - TRUE.
But nearly half of Americans should begin at 40 due to having family members with colon polyps or cancers. Every African American is considered at increased risk and should start at age 45 for routine screening. At SaveYourColon, we lobby for legislation to prevent insurance companies from denying payment for those at increased risk. The insurance companies are powerful, and patients need an equally powerful advocate to fight for the benefits they pay for.
5. If I have a sibling with a polyp I should begin screening earlier. - TRUE.
That was a softball. If you have a brother or a sister with a polyp, you should begin screening at age 40.
6. Lifestyle choices, such as eating right, smoking, exercise and alcohol use have an impact on colorectal cancer risk. - TRUE.
Many epidemiologic researchers believe we could cut the colon cancer rate in half if we followed several simple healthy lifestyle principles. These habits also benefit risks for many other diseases. Healthy diet can reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes aswell as most cancers. Proper diet may reduce your risk by one-third! Not smoking can reduce risks by 20%. Exercise and maintain proper weight can reduce risks 15 to 20%. All of these lifestyle issues are important, but colonoscopy screening can reduce risks more than 80%.