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Colonoscopies Save Lives in NYC


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With colorectal cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in New York City, it’s no small wonder that more and more people are scheduling colonoscopies. And medical institutions are responding accordingly by investing in their facilities to meet this increase in demand.

Colorectal Cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable

With colorectal cancer the second leading cause of cancer death in New York City, it’s no small wonder that more and more people are scheduling colonoscopies. And medical institutions are responding accordingly by investing in their facilities to meet this increase in demand.

Through increased communication efforts by the American Cancer Society and primary care physicians, more individuals are aware of the need to have a colonoscopy. Colonoscopy is the standard screening tool for detecting colorectal cancer. The earlier polyps are discovered, the better. The longer they go undiscovered, the greater the chance they can become cancerous.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for health care to impact a significant portion of the New York City population at risk for developing colorectal cancer,” says Dr. Richard Birrer, president and CEO of Manhattan’s Physician Group. Dr. Birrer also notes “that while insurance providers like Medicare have approved colonoscopy for screening purposes, fewer than half the eligible senior population end up scheduling the procedure.” Colorectal cancer is also one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States, making it the third most common cancer in men and in women. Although screening rates continue to rise, they still remain low, with slightly more than half the population of adults 50 years or older receiving a screening.

The procedure is very helpful in diagnosing ulcers, tumors, polyps, and areas of inflammation or bleeding. Through the use of a think but flexible tube containing a camera and light, a gastroenterologist is able to examine the lining of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer screening can detect changes that can be treated before symptoms develop. Early detection is key for successful treatment.

Dr. Stephen Finkelstein, gastroenterologist and head of the Endoscopy Suite at Manhattan’s Physicians Group, notes that all individuals 50 and older should talk to their primary care physician about colonoscopy.

“People than have a family history of colorectal cancer should have more frequent screenings than those in a lower risk category,” says Dr. Finkelstein. He also noted, “These procedures are minimally invasive and are generally performed on an outpatient basis.” It is estimated that at least 50 to 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women 60 years or older were routinely screened.

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Manhattan’s Physician Group is a multispecialty medical group composed of nearly 100 physicians and has eight locations throughout Manhattan. The group provides a wide range of services, including general health care and wellness, women’s and children’s health care, and specialty health care. www.mpgcares.com

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  • Posted On January 12, 2011
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