ET — “You can actually go into the computer and type in the words, ‘I am a cancer patient,’ and you can see this virtual colonogram,” says Dr. Scott K. Ransom, a urologist and the director of the urology department at Boston Children’s Hospital.
“And if you look at this, you can actually see the tumor size, the color of the tissue, the depth of the tumors, the thickness of the tumor.”
The digital images are sent to the lab for analysis, and doctors can then see whether the tumor is benign or malignant.
“It is really very accurate, very helpful,” says Ransom.
It is also becoming increasingly common for doctors to order the virtual colonicoscopy to be done by a doctor at home, or to order a patient to go through the procedure at a clinic.
Rooting out cancers on a computer is just the beginning.
There are more than 1.3 million patients in the United States who are diagnosed with colon cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.
The U.S. has about half a million new cases a year.
“The colonoscopies are very useful,” says K.D. Johnson, a gastroenterologist at Boston Medical Center.
“But it is not going away.
We are going to see it get more and more frequent.”
It’s not just doctors.
It’s the general public, too.
The number of Americans who say they have cancer has nearly doubled in the past decade, according the American Cancer Society.
In fact, it’s become the fastest-growing cancer diagnosis in the U.K. Since the mid-1990s, colonoscops have increased by a third.
In 2016, there were more than 6,500 colonoscopes in use nationwide.
In 2015, the United Kingdom had more than 50,000 colonoscoped patients.
The use of virtual colonesoscopys is growing rapidly, with more than 4,000 in use by hospitals and clinics in the last three years.
Routine colonoscoscopics have become the preferred method of diagnosis, even for those who are not cancer patients.
“I don’t know if it’s because it’s a safer method of cancer diagnosis, but there’s also a certain amount of confidence that when you’re in the operating room and you have the colonoscopsy and you’re talking to somebody, you know, this is what I’m going to be looking at,” says Mimi McDaniel, an urologic surgeon at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Boulder.
“If you’re not in the hospital or you’re out of the hospital and you go to a hospital or your doctor doesn’t have a colonoscape, it feels a little less safe.”
It turns out, the Ulysses have an excellent reason for wanting to get their colonoscapes done: they have colon cancer.
According to the American Colon Cancer Society, about one in four Americans have some form of colon cancer, including colorectal, colon, rectal, and rectal adenocarcinoma.
About 10 percent of them will develop coloreactis, a condition that can cause swelling of the colon, and the other 10 percent will develop chronic adenomatous polyps, or adenomas.
The cancer can spread to the lining of the intestine, and it’s not clear if these cancers will spread to other parts of the body, like the lungs or the pancreas.
But there is some evidence that colon cancer is associated with obesity and smoking.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there’s evidence that smoking may be a factor in colon cancer in people who have it.
A new study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, looked at the associations between colorecaption and other risk factors, including diet, body mass index, and alcohol consumption.
Researchers looked at a large cohort of 2,957,000 people, mostly white, and followed them from ages 45 to 70.
Researchers found that those with colorecctal adeno-associated virus, or CAVI, were more likely to have adenoma.
They also found that people with a history of obesity, diabetes, or high blood pressure were more at risk of colon and colorerectal cancers.
The researchers found that a high level of adiposity, or the lack of fat in your body, was associated with higher risk of colorecolcid adenomyosis and adenokines, or inflammation markers.
People with diabetes were also more likely than the general population to have the disease.
The research team, led by Dr. Susan H. Hagerty, of the University Health Network at the Massachusetts General Hospital, looked more closely at the relationship between colontocarc