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IF YOU WANT TO REAP THE MOST BENEFIT FROM A COLONOSCOPY, WHO DOES IT MATTERS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Having screening colonoscopy is a good first step toward reducing your risk of dying from colon cancer, with a recent study clearly establishing the benefit of the technique.  But Patrick Okolo, a colonoscopy expert at Johns Hopkins, says it’s also important who does your exam.

OKOLO: The quality of colonoscopy does matter.  Colonoscopy should always be performed by people who can reach the right side of the colon reliably and predictably, and so we take two messages from this study: one, colonoscopy does protect against colorectal cancer death, and this is the proof for it, and that quality colonoscopy, where the right side is reached in a reliable and predictable manner does protect against colon cancer on the right side of the colon as well as the left side of the colon.  One is quite excited by the results of this study.    :29

So choose an experienced person to perform your colonoscopy.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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