Colon Cleansing

Where you get your colonoscopy may make a difference

 

Most people don't look forward to getting a colonoscopy, but just like taking an herbal colon-cleansing supplement, it's something you do to boost your health. Recently, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that people who get screened for colon cancer are less likely to end up dying of the disease, but where you get your test matters.

Reuters reported that older Americans who underwent colonoscopies performed by a gastroenterologist were less likely to die of colon cancer than those who were screened by a surgeon or primary care doctor.

"If you have a colonoscopy and the only feasible option is to go to a surgeon, let's say, it should be protective – the odds are they're not going to miss anything significant," said gastroenterologist Gregory Cooper, quoted by the news source. "Having a colonoscopy by a non-gastroenterologist is probably still a lot better than not having one at all."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer each year. This is why it is so important to protect the health of the colon. 

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