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Dr. Minocha's Series on Digestive Myths & Healthy Realities....

 

By Dr. A. Minocha,   author of  "How To Stop Heartburn: Simple Ways to Heal Heartburn and Acid Reflux" and "Natural Stomach Care: Treating and Preventing Digestive Disorders with Best of Eastern and Western Therapies"

     
     
Is it Myth or a Fact?

"A normal lower GI scope means I do not have colon polyps/cancer......"

The term normal although appears definitive, is a relative term in relation to colonoscopy and depends on a variety of factors. As many as one in 20 cancers are missed on colonoscopy. If polyps have been found, a repeat exam may reveal more polyps in as many as 20-30% cases. Missing of important abnormalities occurs due to a variety of factors. These include poorly cleaned colon or increased movements of colon during the examination. Polyps may be hidden behind the large colon folds and not easily visible. This happens especially where the colon makes sharp turns (just like it is easy to miss seeing an object on a winding road than on a straight road).

   

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