There is a big conference going on in Chicago on Cancer.Many companies are presenting results or progress report of their trials.Billion$ of dollars are being spent to seek medicines that may prolong life by a few years for Leukemia,lung cancer,Breast Cancer,Colon Cancer.These medicine,even if successful will cost in excess of 20,000$/year for treatment.
However,we are not spending enough on preventing these cancers in the first place.Breast Cancer awareness groups have done a great job-in getting 80-90% of people to get screening.However Colon Cancer screening remains at 50%.Thus 50% are not getting screened--resulting in 50,000 deaths per year.In Illinois alone--5-14 people die every day from Colon Cancer.
Recently Robin Gibb ,winner of 6 Grammy Awards died of Colon Cancer at 62.His songs ,Stayin Alive,Saturday night fever still live on.His cancer was preventable,if he had gone for screening at 50-recommended guidelines.
Many think-Hey-I am healthy,no problem with my digestive system.Why bother?
Well let me tell you--25% of people have POLYP in Colon--above the age of 50.These are the source of Cancer.
If these polyps are removed thru routine Colon Cancer screening,then the risk of Colon Cancer reduces to nearly zero.
Dr.OZ who has no family history,was in perfect health-discovered in 2010 that he had precancerous polyp.
So if you have questions,please call me at 630 232 2025 to talk more.
You can check out www.getyourrearingear.com where I volunteer as a doctor.We are trying to spread the word--Colon Cancer is Preventable.
I recommend women over 45 to get Colon screening as death rate for women under 55 is higher than men.We offer Painless Colon Cancer screening as well as pediatric scope for those concerned about the pain.