You have probably heard the unsettling statistics about colon cancer. This year, there will be some 150,000 new cases in the United States, and of those about 50,000 will be fatal. Colon cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer deaths.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Research shows that 90 percent of cases are preventable and treatable when detected early. Experts suggest that getting screened is a key component for diagnosing colon cancer in its first stages, and they recommend everyone be checked, starting at age 50.
While the colonoscopy is the standard screening tool for colon cancer, it is not infallible, and some 12 to 14 percent of polyps and precancerous lesions can be missed.
But there is good news. A new weapon against colon cancer is here at North Hills Hospital, and it makes colonoscopies more accurate. Known as the Third Eye® Retroscope, this new device enables doctors to see backward as well as forward during the colonoscopy procedure. The Third Eye® acts like a rearview mirror, illuminating blind spots and helping physicians study the colon more thoroughly. Without it, seeing behind large folds and tight turns in the colon wall can be impossible.
Here’s how it works.
- Once a standard colonoscope has been inserted into the colon, the Third Eye® is passed through the colonoscope and beyond the tip.
- Then it turns 180 degrees, and its tiny camera faces back toward the colonoscope tip.
- As the colonoscope is withdrawn through the colon, the Third Eye® offers a backward view, as the colonoscope offers a forward view.
Dr. David Bass of North Hills Hospital was the first physician in the Mid-Cities to use this new technology, and he reports that the Third Eye® increases polyp detection by more than 14 percent. This state-of-the-art device has been thoroughly tested and cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
To learn more about colon cancer detection and the use of the Third Eye® Retroscope, contact North Hills Hospital. Serving North Richland Hills and Northeast Tarrant County, we stay on the cutting edge to protect your health.