Expanding the Scope on Colon Cancer - Page 2
Satire aside, colon cancer is no joke, it's the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, accounting for about 20 percent of all cancer deaths. Time magazine's recent health feature on new technology that is bringing the virtual colonoscopy to the attention of those that otherwise might avoid the process is encouraging. According to Megan McHugh at the Health Research and Educational Trust in Chicago, hospitals are increasingly offering this option that doesn't involve the traditional tube and scope but instead uses CT technology that takes multiple X-rays from different angles and produces a 3-D image for doctors to analyze. There are pros (less discomfort during actual procedure) and cons (you still have to drink the goat spit and urinal cleanser cocktail) but I'm hopeful that the virtual option brings more people to embrace an early detection philosophy.