Studies show that colonoscopies have led to the prevention and earlier detection of bowel cancer. Each 1% increase in the adenoma detection rate (ADR) was associated with a 3% decrease in the risk of cancer. Adenomatous polyps (adenomas) grow on the lining of the colon and carry a high risk of cancer.
New research also suggests that patients who have their colonoscopies performed by gastrointestinal specialists who are highly skilled at detecting adenomas are much more likely to avoid developing or dying from bowel cancer than patients who see less skilled doctors.
So before choosing a gastroenterologist to perform your colonoscopy, be sure you ask them the following questions:
- What is your Adenoma Detection Rate?
- How much time do you normally take to perform a colonoscopy?
- How many colonoscopies do you perform each year?
We have benchmarked our outcomes against 400 US clinics and gastroenterology centres in the UK.