Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Colonoscopies save lives: doctors encourage procedure during Colon Cancer Awareness month

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"March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and many people don't realize a simple screening could save their life.

There will be more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer diagnosed just this year alone, but doctors say thanks to colonoscopies, the illness can be caught early - and potentially save your life. 

"Routine colonoscopy a little over a year ago." That's all it took to save Larry Densch's life. "They found two polyps. One was benign, one was cancerous."

A simple procedure that Larry once though was irrelevant. 

"Now I certainly think they're necessary."

His doctor, Peter Nuttleman, hopes others hear this story, and change their minds about colonoscopies as well. 

"Nearly every patient that goes through the procedure will state that it wasn't as bad, or the experience that they would have expected."

The outcome, with or without polyps, is typically positive.

"They should be able to live life with 95% certainty that they'll never succumb to colon cancer," says Dr. Nuttleman, who practices at Sauk Prairie Hospital.

That goes for both men and women, particularly over 50 years of age. 

"It's the number three cancer in both genders, and it's the number three cause of death in cancers in both genders."

As for Larry, he's one of the lucky ones who now gets to continue enjoying the important things.

"Grandkids, kids, life itself!"

Dr. Nuttleman says there are other options should a patient be in extreme opposition to getting a colonoscopy - but those tests usually aren't as accurate."

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