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“A superior doctor prevents sickness;

A mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;

An inferior doctor treats sickness.”      

“I believe the entire healthcare system needs to shift their focus from treatment of illness and disease to prevention of it. How can the same providers profit from keeping us healthy?  It’s a paradigm shift that has to start cognitively first. Only then, can we even begin to have healthy discussions about the future of our healthcare system.  We have created an unhealthy system.  Every health professional should be thinking about this question because good health determines Quality of Life. Every life.  That’s WHY we need to think about it.  And when the WHY is strong enough, the HOW will reveal itself.  2012 should be the year this cognitive shift takes place empowering the healthcare consumer.” ~Maria Dorfner

Pharmacists' hands

Colonoscopy for Colon Cancer Prevention 

Which Colon Cancer Screening Test Is Best?

https://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-09-21/which-colon-cancer-screening-test-is-best

Colonoscopy is Gold Standard


Colonoscopy reduced Risk of Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and most people should start screening at age 50. ...Colonoscopy is the gold standard: Besides detecting colon cancer, it can prevent 80 percent of colon cancers because polyps can be removed [during the procedure].Sep 21, 2016

Colonoscopy Reduces Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4820666/

Am J Gastroenterol. 2016 Mar; 111(3): 355–365.

Colonoscopy Reduces Risk of Death from Colorectal Cancer

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/colonoscopies-prevent-colon-cancer-deaths

NIH (National Institute of Health)

https://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/research/colonoscopy-reduces-deaths

NCI (National Cancer Institute)

How does Colonoscopy Reduce Colon Cancer

Polyp and Colon Cancer

The precursor of colon cancer is called a polyp.

Removing polyps during colonoscopy (kind of like weeding), can not only prevent colorectal cancer, but also reduce deaths from the disease for years...

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3322371/

Weeding
Magnifying Glass

Flat Lesion and Colon Cancer

Flat lesions are challenging

Many polyps are easy to detect because they are shaped like a mushroom. The flat ones, however, are more deadly and can easily be missed during colonoscopy, especially when the colon is not clean.

Flat Polyps are more deadly

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5475524/

Flat Polyps: Why finding them requires skills

https://www.ucihealth.org/blog/2017/03/flat-polyps-colonoscopy

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