Colon Cleansing

A less invasive way to check your colon health

 

Many people avoid getting their colon checked by the doctor because of the uncomfortable nature of a colonoscopy, particularly the laxatives that you have to take beforehand. While taking an herbal colon cleansing supplement and eating fiber-rich foods may help you boost your colon health, you'll need to get a colonoscopy to ensure that you do not have cancer. Now, scientists have developed a way to potentially avoid this sometimes unpleasant procedure.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have found that a a CT scan can be used to identify polyps without needing a traditional colonoscopy.

"While we know that colon screening can save lives, not enough people participate, in part because of the discomfort of the required laxative preparation," said researcher Michael Zalis, M.D. "In our study, the laxative-free form of CT colonography performed well enough that it might someday become an option for screening, which we hope would increase patient participation."

When a traditional colonoscopy is performed, the doctor uses a camera to look inside the colon and rectum, and sedation is usually required. With the CT colonoscopy,  the colon is filled with a gas and the patient is told to hold their breath while images are taken.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in the U.S. This is why you should get regular screenings and keep colon health in mind. 

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