Colonoscopy Can Save Life
It has been uncovered by a new report that colonoscopy, which is a cancer screening test, is extremely helpful in saving lives. Although the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine needs evidence, researchers have been claiming the same since long.
A team of researchers at the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University conducted an analysis that led them to declare that colonoscopy should be preferred by cancer patients.
While colorectal cancer has been found to be one of the major killers in the UK, the team has been suggesting cancer patients to have screening for the same as it largely helps in preventing the disease’s disastrous effects. It is being said by the team that people are not aware of its screening as well as benefits.
Also, it has been told by the team that only around six to 10 adults have knowledge regarding the same, and there is a huge need to spread awareness for the same across the whole country. The reason why it is important to make people aware about the same is that colorectal cancer tends to kill large chunk of country’s population each year and colonoscopy, on the other hand, is found to cut the disease by 53%, which is not a small figure.
The reporters have been told by the team that colonoscopy involves testing of the internal intestine with a camera-tipped tube. It also includes removal of precancerous polyps, which eventually leads to prevention of death in patients suffering from colorectal cancer.
Dr. Gina Vaccaro, a gastrointestinal oncologist, avowed: “For any cancer screening test, reduction of cancer-related mortality is the holy grail. This study does show that mortality is reduced if polyps are removed, and 53 percent is a very robust reduction”.