Colonoscopy is a procedure which does more harm to your body than just diagnosing a cancer. There are complications which comes with the procedure, and takes around 15,000 lives every year. According to several published studies and evidences, sigmoidoscopies are 10 times better than colonoscopy, yet doctors refer their patients to this procedure. How could colonoscopy be that bad?
Doctors fail to inform their patients about these few things of colonoscopy:
Perforation of the colon can put people at higher risk, especially the ones with diverticulitis and adhesion from pelvic surgery
Gut imbalances, which is caused by the process of flushing out your intestinal tract before the procedure
Complications from anesthesia and other sedation
Some procedures produce false positives with the harmless tumors
Unnecessary treatments due to false results
Side effects like osteoporosis
Infections caused with improperly disinfectant scopes and instruments
However, one simply can’t turn blind towards the cancer-related deaths in the US, and that 51,500 people die every year because of a late diagnosis.
Men and women of age 50 and above are at a great risk of colorectal cancer. These are the three procedures your doctors still suggest to you:
Fecal occult blood testing (FOBT)
Flexible sigmoidoscopy in around every five years
Colonoscopy in every ten years
Though most doctors choose colonoscopy for a easy and less time consuming test done, it is important you know what price are you going to pay for it.