Q&A: Colonoscopy

| December 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Question:  I was just told that a biopsy that was done on a polyp was pre-cancerous. I would like for you to tell me what you would do at this point? I was told to contact my doctor if blood shows up in my stool. I appreciate your input on Facebook.

Dr. Fitt:  A colonoscopy is a procedure done by a gastroenterologist in which a tubed camera is used to visually inspect your colon. It’s done to screen for colon cancer or to investigate symptoms reflective of colon problems. Depending on your family and medical history, you should have a colonoscopy around age 50. This should be done earlier if you have a family history of a first-degree relative who had colon cancer. It should be done earlier if you have a history of colon inflammation (ulcerative colitis, IBS, Crohn’s, familial polyposis). 

Cancer is a consequence of normal cells experiencing a toxic environment over many years. In order to survive a toxic environment, oxygen dependent, normal cells gradually change to cells no longer needing oxygen–similar to fungi. These oxygen independent cells are cancer cells. The toxic environment is usually caused by inflammation–your immune system’s war on critter overgrowth. Long-term chemical exposure from cigarettes, environmental chemicals (pesticides), or prescription synthetic estrogens (hormone replacement, birth control pills) can create this change also.

The change is gradual and happens in stages. The first phenotypic change (change we can see) is called “hyperplasia”. This is an increase in cell number over the usual number. A callous that develops on your hand is an example of hyperplasia. Other examples are: uterine fibroids, breast fibrocysts (dense breasts), Class I PAP smear, keratosis (old age barnacles on skin), moles, Barrett’s esophagus, prostatic hypertrophy (swollen prostate), endometriosis, and colon polyps. If you have one of these conditions, you have inflammation–smoke from the fire. The next stage in the transition to cancer is “pre-cancer”. Hyperplastic cells have normal DNA when viewed under microscope after biopsy. Precancerous cells have abnormal DNA.

Screenings such as PAP smears, pelvic exams, rectal exams in men, visual screenings by dermatologist, and colonoscopies can pick up this first stage toward cancer.

The MSU approach to hyperplasia is to cut, burn, freeze or prescribe a drug. However, removing a polyp does nothing to address the toxic environment that caused the hyperplasia.

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(MSU is a commonly used Robyism that typically stands for “make science up” or “make sh*t up”. “Critter” is commonly used to reference Candida yeast overgrowth and inflammation.)

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