This week, the Colon Cancer Coalition hosted a Twitter chat on an important topic—colorectal cancer.
During March, aka Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, you have probably learned a lot about colorectal cancer (CRC) including screening options for the disease, proposed legislation to remove barriers to CRC screening, and positive trends, for instance: for people age 50 and over, the rate of CRC is declining. That’s all good. Unfortunately, the news for younger folks is not as rosy.
In case you have not heard, March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Despite some bleak facts (e.g., CRC is the number two cause of cancer deaths in the US, the prevalence is rapidly increasing among adults under age 50, etc.), there is much to be thankful for. For instance:
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women, but if everyone 50 and older got regular screenings, six out of ten CRC-related deaths could be prevented.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the goal of which is to increase awareness about the disease and raise funds for research. This month--and throughout the year---you can take action to educate friends and family about CRC and how to get screened; reduce your own odds of getting CRC; raise research dollars; or volunteer. Here's how to get started.
Beginning in 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General designated Thanksgiving National Family Health History Day. What does that mean for you? It’s pretty simple; as you gather with your relatives for the holiday, whether in person or virtually, take time talk about and document health problems that run in your family. (Note that although this blog post focuses on gathering information related to colorectal cancer [CRC], the guidelines apply to any health condition, from diabetes to breast cancer.)
Waiting is hating
Americans hate to wait, whether it’s for food, Internet connectivity, or a green light. So it should come as no surprise that the more time patients spend waiting to see a physician, the more dissatisfied they are. What might be surprising is that longer wait times have a negative impact on other, potentially more consequential aspects of the patient experience, specifically patients’ confidence in their physician and how they perceive their quality of care.
Topics: colonoscopy, endoscopy, screening, healthcare costs, GI nursing, endoscopy nursing, looping in colonoscopy, endoscopist, difficult colonoscopy, gastroenterologist, CRC, colorectal cancer, tortuous colon, hospital costs, patient experience, cecal intubation time, ColoWrap
A recently published study in Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research found that use of ColoWrap significantly enhanced adenoma detection in obese patients, females, and patients 60 and older. In addition, ColoWrap was associated with increased polyp and sessile serrated polyp (SSP) detection in the cecum and ascending colon across all patients in the study. These findings provide substantial additional support for the utility of ColoWrap as a tool to improve colonoscopy quality, particularly for patients at-risk for a difficult colonoscopy due to a tortuous, redundant colon or body habitus.
“It’s probably IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or internal hemorrhoids, but let’s get a colonoscopy just to be sure,” my physician said. It wasn’t IBS or internal hemorrhoids. It was stage IV colorectal cancer that had metastasized to 27 places in my body. It was the last thing anyone ever expected for a health-conscious, young, athletic woman with no family history. Thank goodness my PCP took this step, or else I would be dead.
All physicians want to provide superior care for their patients, but practicing medicine today can be complicated. In the last decade, doctors have been tasked with navigating new technologies, government mandates, and payment guidelines, all of which can detract from caring for patients.
Topics: endocopy, screening, adenoma, safe patient hadling, abdominal pressure colonoscopy, looping in colonoscopy, bowel prep colonoscopy, endoscopist, difficult colonoscopy, gastroenterologist, CRC, colorectal cancer, tortuous colon, injury endoscopist, GI injury, nurse injury, patient experience, women in GI