Colon Cancer

Have you been screened for colon cancer?

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month.

Colon Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Canada – yet this is one of the most preventable cancers if abnormal growths are found early.

Everyone over age 50 should be screened for colon cancer, and people with risk factors should start even earlier.  Find out more about screening tests here.

The gold standard for colon cancer screening is an optical colonoscopy – an alternative is a Virtual Colonoscopy or CT Colonography.  This is a quick, simple scan that requires no sedation and is ideal for people at average risk for developing colon cancer.  Visit our website to learn more.

If you are interested in learning whether a colonoscopy, virtual colonoscopy or FIT test is right for you, talk to your doctor – these are tests that could help save your life.

If we can help with a Virtual Colonoscopy, send us an email at info@canadadiagnostic.com or give us a call at 604-709-8522.

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Calculate your Cancer Risk – and learn how to minimize it with MyCancerIQ.ca

Designed by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), My CancerIQ is a website that helps you understand your risk for cancer and what you can do to help lower that risk. Taking a My CancerIQ assessment can give you information to help protect yourself against cancer. As you work through the assessments, you’ll learn: – What factors help to keep your risk of cancer down – What factors increase your risk of developing cancer – What you can do to manage or reduce your risk, including links to helpful resources Where appropriate, you’ll learn whether you should be screened for particular types of cancer, such as colorectal, cervical and breast cancer. My CancerIQ won’t tell you whether you’ll get cancer or not, but it can help you focus on specific changes you can make to lower your cancer risk and live a healthier life. While it’s true you can’t change some risk factors like your age or family history, research has shown there are many things you can do to lower your risk. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors. At Canada Diagnostic, we can help with a Low-Dose CT scan for Lung Cancer Screening or a Virtual Colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. Call us today at 604-709-8522 to find out more or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com.

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Primary Care Doctors say Imaging Improves Patient Care

Do we use too much medical imaging? Not according to primary care doctors in a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

The study surveyed 500 primary care doctors in the U.S. – 88% of the physicians surveyed said that diagnostic imaging allows them to be more confident in their diagnoses and to make better clinical decisions. All that equals better patient care in their books.

In both the United States and Canada, medical imaging is viewed as a costly component of the healthcare system and ways to cut those costs are being explored. Practical guidelines have been developed both in Canada and the U.S. to help doctors choose the most appropriate type of imaging for their patients’ particular symptoms. The goal of these guidelines is to help eliminate unnecessary or redundant testing.

At Canada Diagnostic, we are able to offer MRI, CT and Ultrasound so that you can get the best test possible for your unique needs. Our radiologists are available to speak with your doctors anytime to help determine what the best test is. Each type of test provides a different type of information, so its important to choose the best one for diagnostic accuracy.

Find out how we can help – call us today at 604-709-8522 or email us at info@canadadiagnostic.com

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10 Greatest Medical Inventions of the last 50 years – guess what tied for #1? CT & MRI!

According to healthexecnews.com, CT and MRI tie for the greatest medical inventions of the last 50 years.

The choice of MRI and CT as #1 reflects what an incredible impact these two technologies have made on the medical industry since their inception in the late 1970’s.  MRI and CT seem like standard procedures today, hinting at their significant impact on healthcare.

From screening for early disease detection, to detailed diagnostic scans, to monitoring treatment progress, MRI and CT have a role to play in just about every type of injury and illness.

At Canada Diagnostic in Vancouver, we’ve been offering MRI and CT scans since 2000.

The radiologists who interpret MRI & CT scans at Canada Diagnostic Centres all work, teach and do research at two of BC’s best-known teaching hospitals:  Vancouver General Hospital and UBC Hospital.  What does this mean for our patients and their physicians?  Our radiologists are  at the forefront of the latest developments in advanced diagnostic imaging and read a high volume of specialized cases each year.

Our radiologists also bring a variety of sub-specialty skills to Canada Diagnostic relating to musculoskeletal, neurologic, breast and abdominal diagnostic imaging.  They use a team approach and are able to consult freely with each other in the event of challenging cases.  This depth and breadth of knowledge greatly benefits our patients and their doctors.

To learn more about the types of scans we offer at Canada Diagnostic, click here, or call us at 604-709-8522.

 

 

 

 

 

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American Lung Association supports CT Lung Cancer Screening

The American Lung Association has recommended CT Lung Cancer Screening for smokers and former smokers.

Mounting evidence –  including findings from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Screening Trial – indicates that most lung cancer deaths can be prevented when detected at an early stage with CT screening.

CT Lung Cancer Screening is a well-studied test, with 10’s of thousands of patients scanned over the past 15+ years.  It is an “evidence-based” exam meaning that  there is consistent scientific evidence showing that the exam improves patient outcomes.  CT Lung Cancer screening is just one of the evidence-based screening exams offered at Canada Diagnostic in Vancouver.  Click here to find out more about our screening exams for the early detection of atherosclerosis and colon cancer.

If you are a smoker or former smoker, consider getting a CT Lung Cancer Screening Exam.  It may save your life.

Call us today at 1-877-709-8522.

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Daily Aspirin May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

In big news last week, results of a study suggest that taking aspirin daily, may help prevent colon cancer in people who have a known genetic predisposition for the disease.  After five years of taking the aspirin, high-risk patients in the study had their cancer risk reduced by 50%.

Aspirin alone – whether a person is high-risk or not – is not the entire solution. Regular screening for colon cancer is a MUST.  There are several types of screening tests available including CT Colonography (“Virtual Colonoscopy”) which the American Cancer includes as one of its recommended screening exams.  As part of his health check, President Obama underwent Virtual Colonoscopy last year.

Canada Diagnostic has been offering Virtual Colonoscopy since 2002.  All of our Radiologists have full College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC Certification to read Virtual Colonoscopy.  To learn more about Virtual Colonoscopy, please take a look at our info sheet:  QA – Virtual Colonoscopy.

Contact us to learn more about Virtual Colonoscopy and other screening exams available.  1-877-709-8522 or info@canadadiagnostic.com.

  Filed under: Categories: Colon Cancer and CT Scans. Tags: Canada Diagnostic Vancouver, CT Colonography, Private CT, and Virtual Colonoscopy.
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If its good enough for the President of the U.S……..

As part of his first annual comprehensive physical exam as Chief Executive, U.S. President Barack Obama underwent a Virtual Colonoscopy (VC) exam as a screen for colon cancer. 

Why did the President’s medical team choose a VC over a traditional colonoscopy?  The exam is safe, effective and does not require sedation or pain medication.  Because there was no sedation, the President was able to maintain presidential authority.  In contrast, when President George W. Bush had a traditional colonoscopy in 2007, because he had to undergo sedation, he had to transfer presidential authority for several hours to his Vice President.

You may not be governing one of the most powerful nations in the world, but knowing that a VC is the test of choice for someone who does carries a pretty strong message!

The Canadian Cancer Society advises that the death rate from colorectal cancer can be reduced significantly if patients get screened!

Colon cancer and cancer of the rectum usually begin as a small polyp. While most colon polyps are benign, some do become cancerous. Colon cancer symptoms may include a change in bowel habits or bleeding, but usually colon cancer strikes without symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get a colon cancer screening test, such as a Virtual Colonoscopy. If the cancer is found early, the doctor can use surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy for effective treatment.

For more information on Virtual Colonoscopy, click here QA – Virtual Colonoscopy  or call us at 1-877-709-8522

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Virtual Colonoscopy finds cancers outside the colon

March 23, 2010 – A study of more than 10,000 asymptomatic screening subjects found that more than one in 200 had unsuspected and typically large but mostly early-stage cancers detected outside the colon at Virtual Colonoscopy.  As with asymptomatic colorectal cancers identified by Virtual Colonoscopy screening, these cancers outside of the colon are often detected at an early, curable stage.

Colorectal and Extracolonic Cancers Detected at Screening CT Colonography in 10,286 Asymptomatic Adults

Radiology April 2010 255:83-88; doi:10.1148/radiol.09090939

 

Give us a call to find out more about Virtual Colonoscopy at Canada Diagnostic Centres:  1-877-709-8522 or 604-709-8522.

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