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Why Doctors Miss Colon Cancer

March 17, 2007 | 23,881 views

The rate of undiagnosed colorectal cancers in patients undergoing colonoscopy is influenced both by where the screening procedure takes place and by who is performing the exam.


A colonoscopy involves the insertion of a lighted tube with a small camera into the bowel. It is used to visually detect colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps.

Cancers are more likely to be missed when the colonoscopy is performed in an office setting, and also more likely to go unnoticed when the procedure is conducted by an internist or family physician rather than a specialist.

An office procedure, as opposed to one conducted in a hospital setting, tripled the risk of missed colorectal cancers in men and doubled the risk in women. Family physicians and internists were 77 percent more likely than gastroenterologists to miss the cancer in men and 85 percent more likely to miss it in women.




Dr. Mercola's Comments:

This interesting study underscores one more reason, among a seemingly, never-ending number of them, why you may die from the errors your doctor makes: Your physician may be missing signs of colon cancer right in front of him or her.

The fact is, clever manipulation of the official government death rates conceals the fact that the conventional medical system, not heart disease or cancer, is the leading cause of death in this country. But there is a single silver lining, as studies like the one above underscore without a doubt that you must take better responsibility for your own health, especially when you rely on the fatally flawed excuse that passes for conventional health care in America.

I feel very passionately about this and it is one of the primary reasons I changed the logo on our site to read:

"Take Control of Your Health"

This also happens to be the title of my new book, which is coming out soon and will highlight the many simple, practical steps you can take to be in charge of your health.

Last week I learned that my brother-in-law, who is several years younger than me, had a heart attack and will be having bypass surgery. Even though I helped him stop smoking 20 years ago and he stopped his six cans of soda a day about 10 years ago there were many other elements of a healthy lifestyle he did not embrace.

One of the primary ones is that he, like most Americans, was not exercising. Not only will exercise radically reduce your risk of heart attacks but it will also dramatically lower your risk of cancer, especially colon cancer.

You don't  have to suffer from chronic degenerative diseases like heart attacks and cancer. You can develop virtual immunity to them if you apply the basic natural health laws. They are the laws of nature that will keep you healthy and out of the doctor's office.

With respect to cancer there are many natural measures you can take -- none of which have anything to do with a drug, doctor or procedure -- to prevent or fight colon cancer. A few to get you started:

  • Have your inflammation levels checked by having your C-reactive protein levels tested, and reduce them, if necessary.
  • Get the right amount of exercise, which is one of the most important steps you can take.
  • Rebalance the ratio of omega-3 fats you consume by taking a high-quality fish oil or krill oil.
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, ideally based on your body's unique nutritional type.

On Vital Votes, Javier from Garza Garcia, <st1:country-region>Mexico</st1:country-region> also adds:

"Checking Iron levels is also very valuable in preventing colon cancer and polyps.  Dr. Mercola has mentioned it before.

"If your ferritin levels are high then donating blood regularly will help to get your levels in check."

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