There are many places around our website to find information about the quality of our specially trained physicians and the importance of a dedicated Endoscopy Center; both are evidence of our commitment to our patients. Our commitment has always been to educate the public on the importance of regular screenings and the life saving benefits of properly trained physicians. There have been two recently published studies that tell us we are on the right path.

The first, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that people who are regularly screened are 53% less likely to die from colon cancer than people who are not screened. Precancerous polyps are removed during routine colonoscopies preventing the formation of tumors - thwarting the formation of colon cancer.

The second study takes it one step farther - the doctor performing the colonoscopy matters. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, reinforces previous findings with one additional point:

"... people who died of colon cancer were 60 percent less likely to have had a colonoscopy over the previous decade, compared to the colon cancer-free group. Compared to people who hadn't been screened, those who had their colonoscopy done by a gastroenterologist were also least likely to die from colon cancer. They had a 65 percent lower risk of colon cancer death than the un-screened, compared to a 57 percent lower risk after screening by a primary care doctor and a 45 percent lower risk when colonoscopy was done by a surgeon."

The study concludes that gastroenterologists are more likely to find precancerous polyps due to their additional training and extensive experience. In today's health care climate you should know that you have the right to ask for a gastroenterologist to perform your screening. It really does make a difference.