Colonoscopy, the test which allows the doctor to look at the inner lining of the rectum and colon, is widely used these days. Apart from checking for cancer or precancerous growths in the large intestine, they help find ulcers and areas of inflammation, too. Annually more than 14 million people undergo this invasive procedure to detect colon cancer. But, does it really work?
IT’S A PAINFUL AND DANGEROUS PROCEDURE
The truth is that this procedure is quite dangerous and even potentially fatal. As reported in The Annals Of Internal Medicine, nearly 70,000 or 0.5 percent will get injured or killed due to a complication related to the colonoscopy. As unbelievable as it seems, this figure is higher than the annual deaths from colon cancer itself.
According to the Telemark Polyp Study I, this procedure increases mortality by up to 57 percent. For every person saved by the procedure, 56 suffer an injury. It is scientifically proven that you can get infected by, Helicobacter pylori,; Hepatitis B and C; Salmonella; Pseudomonas and Aeruginosa; Flu Viruses, HPV (Human Papilloma Virus); HIV; Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and bacteria like E. Coli O157:H7.
COLONOSCOPY DOES NOT PREVENT CANCER
As reported by the American Cancer Society, up until 2009 “…there are no prospective randomized controlled trials of screening colonoscopy for the reduction in incidence of or mortality from colorectal cancer.”
Back in 2006, an article in the New York Times suggested that “The patients in all the studies had at least one adenoma detected on colonoscopy but did not have cancer. They developed cancer in the next few years, however, at the same rate as would be expected in the general population without screening.”