colonoscopy

  1. How a colonoscopy can lead to dangerous infection

    Read this BEFORE your next pipe-cleaning!

    No butts about it: If you want to save your rear, you need to drag your tail in for a colonoscopy.

    Unlike other cancer screenings, this one allows a doc to not only detect the early warning signs of the disease… but also remove them on the spot.

    You might say that it’s the top test for your bottom.

    But before you schedule that potentially life-saving appointment, you have to do a little homework -- because new research reveals a dark side to the backside business.

    Some joints don’t do the job right. They can leave you injured or ill.

    They could even KILL you!

    USA Today finds that the number of non-hospital surgical care clinics that specialize in procedures including colonoscopies has jumped in recent years.

    On the one hand, that’s terrific news.

    Colonoscopies used to be something people feared and avoided.

    The growing number of clinics is a sign that word is getting out – and that more people are getting screened and treated.

    These clinics can also do other procedures that used to require a hospital stay, often with more flexibility and efficiency.

    On the other, as with any exploding industry, not everyone is operating on the same standard.

    Some are out to make a quick buck off your butt.

    They could be cutting corners. They may even be hiring people not quite up to the job.

    Or as I discuss with my colleague Doug Kaufmann in my new video series Beyond Chemo… the instruments they use might not even be clean.

    And as a result, the outcomes can be deadly.

    USA Today reports, for example, that two patients died and a third was in critical care after colonoscopies at a single clinic in Arkansas.

    Normally, you’d expect some oversight organization to move in and crack down.

    But that’s exactly the problem: In many cases, there is little to no oversight for colonoscopies and other procedures done at “surgical care centers.”

    They DON’T have to report all of their data to Medicare, and they can SKIP critical information on the rate of screw-ups, deaths, and number of people who need to be hospitalized.

    Be careful about who you trust your rear end to (and other parts of your body, for that matter), especially when it comes to surgical care centers.

    Speak to someone you trust with expertise, such as your doctor, and gather as much information as you can -- including the experience of the specialist who will do the procedure.

    And don’t stop there.

    Once you’ve settled on a place, do something else: Schedule an early appointment.

    Studies show that docs are better at spotting polyps early in the morning and get worse as the day goes on. A morning appointment allows the early bird to catch the worm.

    And since you can’t eat until it’s over, you might even be done in time for breakfast.

    For more on how to spot cancers early and take care of them quick, tune in to my free six-part video series. You can catch up on any episodes you’ve missed right here.

  2. Colonoscopy saves lives, but many seniors skip it

    The life-saving test seniors ignore

    You didn't make it this far by being a pushover.

    You've fought for everything you have, including your health -- but don't let your guard down now.

    There's a disease that, in most cases, is easy to detect, treat, and cure -- yet every year, it kills some 50,000 men and women.

    And most of them are seniors.

    No one should die of colon cancer... and you can bring your risk down to near zero just by getting screened.

    But the latest numbers from the feds show many folks, especially seniors, still flat-out refuse to get a colonoscopy!

    The study from the National Institutes of Health finds that nearly 30 percent of folks between the ages of 69 and 89 are overdue for a colonoscopy.

    When you consider that guidelines call for a screening just once a decade, it's really not that hard to be up to date on this one, yet many still put it off and some just won't do it no matter how many times the doc nags them.

    Even folks who try the simpler FIT test often fall short of what they need.

    This test checks for blood in the stool, which can be an early warning sign of colon cancer. If the test finds blood, you're supposed to go in for a full colonoscopy within three months.

    Yet the same new study finds that more than a third of all folks don't do it.

    I get why people put it off or avoid it completely: It can seem unpleasant and downright scary.

    In reality, it's so easy that afterward you won't even believe you were nervous about the whole thing.

    The worst part isn't even the procedure itself -- you'll be under anesthesia, so you won't feel anything anyway -- but the night before. That's when you have to "prep" by drinking what seems like a bucket of chalk-water.

    Then, you spend some quality time on the toilet while your insides empty out.

    Just be sure to have a good book on hand and that your bathroom is fully stocked with toilet paper, and you'll be fine.

    Once that part's over, I promise you'll barely feel a thing -- and when you've woken up and recovered, you'll be glad you had the procedure because you know you won't be part of the 50,000 unnecessary deaths due to this disease.

    For some simple tips on how to get the most out of your colonoscopy, including the best time of day for the procedure, check out this free report from my House Calls archives.

  3. Colonoscopy delay can lead to aggressive cancer

    Colonoscopy is the best way to protect against colorectal cancers – but if you need one and delay it, you could pay the price.
  4. Colonoscopies and polyps

    Docs who take their time during a colonoscopy are more likely to spot potentially cancerous growths, according to a new study.
  5. Keeping cancer risk factors away

    Standing up, going for a walk and getting some regular movement can slash your risk of at least two major forms of cancer.
  6. Colonoscopies save lives

    There are plenty of cancer screenings you don't need, but there's one you do: Colonoscopy can slash your risk of death from colon cancer by 56 percent.
  7. Fast colonoscopies miss more precancerous cells

    Some doctors are moving too fast when performing colonoscopies and those lost couple of minutes of scope time could turn out to be deadly when they miss polyps and precancerous growthsthat could eventually become killer cancer.
  8. Colon cancer powered by refined carbohydrates

    Sugar and other carbs can actually feed some tumors. And if you've already had some forms of cancer, carbs can increase the odds of a recurrence.
  9. Coffee can lower colorectal risk

    A new study finds coffee may lower the risk of colorectal cancers... but you have to drink a lot of the stuff to get the benefit.
  10. The one cancer screening that works

    Over screening for cancer is nothing short of a national disaster. But there's one screening that's different -- a screening that can detect a deadly cancer and remove it at the same time.
  11. Nothing beats the real thing

    Most people would rather talk about anything else -- but stay with me here, because there's a reason colonoscopies are tops when it comes to bottoms: Nothing else can touch them when it comes to cancer detection and prevention.
  12. The earlier the better for colon screenings

    Researchers looked at more than 1,000 procedures carried out over a four- month period by 28 doctors, paying particular attention to the number of polyps detected in relation to the time of day and where a patient was in line.
  13. The secret to colon cancer prevention

    There's a safe, painless and effective way to dramatically lower your risk for colon cancer.

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