Simple Precaution can Help Prevent Colon Cancer


March 21, 2012

Delaware News Journal

Even if they don't like getting ready for it, few people doubt the effectiveness of colonoscopy. According to an article in the Delaware News Journal, the procedure not only identifies precancerous polyps and cancerous tumors but also removes them. Rates of colon cancer screening are improving nationally, with about two-thirds of patients meeting screening recommendations, said Anil Rustgi, MD, chief of Gastroenterology. It is recommended that people between the ages of 50 and 74 be screened every 10 years. Rustgi attributed part of the increase to better education and improvements in the preparation. At Penn, a combination of Gatorade and Miralax, an over-the-counter laxative, is used to help empty the bowel. Patients also are reminded that it's not something they'll likely have to endure on a routine basis. "It's ... not frequent," Rustgi said. "At the same time, what's being invested by the patient and the health system far outweighs the inconvenience." Read More

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