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If you want to avoid colonoscopy, you still have effective options

Colonoscopy is the most effective way to prevent colon cancer, but it is more inconvenient and carries more risks than other options. A person must take strong laxatives before colonoscopy to clear out the colon. There is a small risk of tearing the colon wall during the procedure. Colonoscopy usually includes light sedation. The next best option after colonoscopy is stool testing. It is not as invasive as colonoscopy but must be done more frequently and is less effective at catching precancerous growths before they develop into cancer. (Locked) More »

Screening for lung cancer: Are you a candidate for this test?

In lung cancer screening, an otherwise healthy person gets a CT scan to check for small tumors that have not started to cause problems. Screening is recommended for current or former smokers who smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years and have quit less than 15 years ago. If a scan picks up an abnormality, follow-up scans will be required. Additional procedures, like biopsies, may also be required to confirm or rule out cancer. The risk of complications from the screening is relatively small. Abnormal findings from a scan can also cause fear or anxiety. It’s important to weigh the risks and benefits of screening and to have it done at a location with experience diagnosing and treating lung cancer. (Locked) More »

Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

Arthroscopy is a popular technique for shoulder surgery. It allows a surgeon to look inside the shoulder joint and operate without making a large incision. Arthroscopy is recommended most often to repair torn rotator cuff tendons (which keep the arm bone in the shoulder socket), dislocated shoulders, and torn ligaments, as well as to remove bone spurs and loose cartilage. To find a surgeon, go to specialists in shoulder medicine and sports medicine who have experience doing the surgery on a daily basis. (Locked) More »