What you need to know about colonoscopy
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in men and women in the United States. Colorectal cancer often begins with a polyp (abnormally growing tissue) on the inner wall of the colon or rectum. While most polyps are benign, some turn into cancer over time.
Colon cancer screening can detect polyps and early cancers in the intestines – at a stage, where they can be treated before cancer develops or spreads. However, detection alone cannot indicate if a polyp is harmless or potentially cancerous, therefore it becomes necessary to remove them in all cases. This can only be done with a colonoscopy. Colonoscopy therefore is the gold standard for colon cancer screening in national screening programs.
Colonoscopy can save your life
Deaths from colorectal cancer have decreased with the onset of screening programs. While other screening procedures as mammograms and skin checks only detect cancer after it has begun to develop, colorectal cancer screening looks for precancerous signs, such as fleshy growths called polyps. By removing these growths, your doctor can actually prevent cancer from developing.
Endoscopes – Are they clean?
While endoscopy is generally safe, it still poses a few risks. Among the possible complications are adverse reactions to the sedative used and a potential perforation of the colon or rectum. However both risks are quite low.
Invendoscopy: Your personal colonoscope
The solution to overcome the hygienic challenges of endoscopy is the use of a sterile and single-use devic. Since an endoscope is a complex high-tech product, it took significant efforts to develop a single-use device, that fulfills high clinical performance standards inherent with a multiple-use device at competitive costs.