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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"Man, I Wish I Knew About This Before I Got a Colonoscopy"

Concerned Black man

There are many types of cancer, but colon cancer specifically is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012 alone, nearly 135,000 people were diagnosed with the disease, and more than 51,500 died from it. Many of these were African Americans.

Although most doctors recommend that men in their 50's get a colonoscopy, one doctor is saying otherwise. Dr. Joseph Mercola, known for his popular blog at Mercola.com, says that "about 1 in every 350 colonoscopies end up doing serious harm" and that "death from colonoscopy, while rare, also does occur."

He adds, "...about 15,000 Americans die as a result of this routine procedure."

According to a recent article by Dr. Mercola:

Unfortunately, most doctors also fail to inform their patients of the risks of colonoscopy, which include:

* Perforation of the colon: People at higher risk include those with diverticulitis, diseases of the colon, and adhesions from pelvic surgery

* Dysbiosis and other gut imbalances: caused by the process of flushing out your intestinal tract before the procedure with harsh laxatives

* Complications from the anesthesia: Many experts agree you should opt for the lightest level of sedation possible, or none at all, as full anesthesia increases risks

* False positives: According the Prostate Cancer Foundation,9 an estimated 30 to 40 percent of men treated for prostate cancer have harmless tumors that would never have caused problems in their lifetime... False positives lead to unnecessary treatments that are nearly always harmful, in addition to the anxiety a cancer diagnosis brings.

To learn about safer alternative options for getting tested for colon cancer, visit:
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/12/09/colonoscopy-pros-cons.aspx
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