Posted on: March 3, 2017
Colon cancer remains the third most common cancer in both men and women. However, only one in three eligible Americans begin to be screened for colon cancer at the recommended age of fifty-years-old. What is stopping people from taking the lifesaving step of screening? Unscreened individuals may avoid the procedure out of fear of the unknown, or the patient may feel like they are not at risk. Here, I’ll explain the importance of screening and the exciting new developments in detecting and treating colon cancer. By Jerald Wishner MD, FACS, FASCRS, Director of the Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Posted on: March 21, 2014
Turning 50? It’s Time for a Colonoscopy.
By Dr. Jerald D. Wishner, FACS, FASCRS, Co-Director, Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and Medical Director, Colorectal Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital
One of the most common killers is colon cancer, yet fewer than half of eligible Americans get a colonoscopy. It’s a statistic that is really bothersome to me. A colonoscopy is the gold standard of colon cancer screening, and the research proves it saves lives.
Colon cancer begins in polyps inside the colon, and it can take five to eight years to develop. The promise of a colonoscopy is that, if pre-cancerous polyps are found, the doctor can remove them during the procedure. With mammograms, the hope is that you’ll find cancer early; Colonoscopy takes that a step further by actually preventing cancer from developing in the first place by removing these precancerous polyps.