Till the year 2000, Colonoscopy was one of the most recommended medical examination tests to screen the colon cancer in patients.
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Till the year 2000, Colonoscopy was one of the most recommended
medical examination tests to screen the colon cancer in patients. But
over the period of time, various other diagnostic tests have been
introduced which are equally effective and less invasive then the
colonoscopy. Although colonoscopy is an excellent way to diagnose
polyps and colon cancer but it might not be 100% effective in diagnosing
the real thing. Moreover, it is expensive too. But all thanks to the other
alternatives that has helped the patients to get screened in more
comfortable and better way.
Believe it or not but colon cancer as well as colorectal cancer both are
curable if got treated at initial phase only. Because both of them are slow
growing cancer types, it might be bit difficult to trace them in between.
Then it is here when colonoscopy and other diagnostic tests come in to
colonoscopy is one of the most unpleasant and invasive tests ,
people often try to escape from it and look out for other suitable
Till now there has not been any thorough study that can indicate the
accuracy of colonoscopy. Still, it is one of the most common screening
tests that are recommended by the doctors to diagnose colon, intestine
and rectum cancer.
And if done well, it can be one of the most worthwhile medical tests. But,
if the patient is not willing to spend so much on such an unpleasant test,
then they might opt for other tests also which are slowly getting closer to
colonoscopy. Some of these are:
· Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT)
· Stool DNA test
· Fecal occult blood test (FOBT)
· Sigmoidoscopy, and
· CT colonography
excellent screening test but efficiency of this test is only 94%. Although it
is pretty good but no one can say it to be the perfect diagnostic test
because it still carries 6% chances of missing the cancer.
Above this, even the whole procedure of colonoscopy is very
uncomfortable. The patient needs to stay on bland and liquid diet for 24
hours prior to the test. Apart from this, they also need to drink gallon of
cleansing meditated solution to clean the colon clearly. Then during the
procedure, the patients are given high dose of sedatives so that they can
feel comfortable and can relax themselves during the course of
examination. And after the test is done, patients might feel bit uneasy or
pressure or a bit pain in their abdomen. So, the whole procedure of
colonoscopy can be a bit stressful.
The goal of Steven Batash MD is to make patients comfortable and
improve their quality of life through expert gastroenterology services. If
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