- - Monday, March 23, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With March being Colon Cancer Awareness Month, it’s time that the public and media paid more attention to this silent and deadly disease. Despite being the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States, the stigma of colon cancer screenings still exists in the United States and abroad.

The statistics do not lie, but the reality is that no one wants to talk about colonoscopies. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), most overlooked is the fact that if all adults received a routine screening at the age of 50, more than 90 percent of colorectal cancers could be prevented and at least 60 percent of all deaths avoided.

If caught early colon cancer is treatable and often cured. It is also preventable. Unfortunately colorectal health, much like colorectal screenings, is misunderstood. Public discourse is necessary in order to educate the masses. More often than not, colorectal screenings that involve generating structural information about the colon are highly effective in the prevention of cancer because those procedures allow for potentially precancerous polyps to be identified and removed. Due to technological advances these minimally invasive procedures can prevent the occurrence of cancer.

Some of the recent innovations include the development of an imaging pill that, unlike all colonoscopy, CT Colonography and the available camera pills, can scan the colorectal tract without requiring a cleanse beforehand. Traditional colonoscopies will still be necessary for those with polyps, but these innovations will help us screen more people, catch those polyps earlier, and hopefully save many lives in the process.

The time has come to practice and preach awareness and to erase the stigma of a silent killer. We need to start an open and honest conversation. In doing so we will reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer and save countless lives. The public needs to come to better understand that colorectal screenings can and will save lives. Who knows, the life you save by speaking up may be your own.

GUY NEEV

CEO, Check-Cap Ltd.

Mount Carmel, Israel


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