• Colonoscopies

    Posted by Brandi Thompson on May 11, 2023 at 1:42 pm

    What’s your thoughts on colonoscopies? My husband works with someone that told him how glad he was to have it done before he turned 50. And how the cancer could already be there if he would have waited until 50. So, it has my husband thinking he needs to have it done since he is in his 40s. I know there is better options for things like mammograms like the thermography, so I wanted to see what you suggest for colonoscopies.

    Jodie Meschuk replied 1 year ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Jodie Meschuk

    May 11, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    Each year over 14 million Americans get screened for colon cancer. Of these, according to the report “Complications of Colonoscopy in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System” by the Annals of Internal Medicine, an estimated 70,000 (0.5%) may be killed or injured by colonoscopy-related complications. This figure is higher than the total number of annual deaths from colon cancer itself, 22% higher. Additionally, a colonoscopy only covers 50% of the colon. So for something that truly only looks at half of what is necessary to risk injury or death greater than the chances of dying from colon cancer are not worth it in my opinion.

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