Colorectal cancer is the third most common cause of death in men and the second most common death cause in women in the western world.
In approx. 90% of the cases colorectal cancer is the result of a malignant transformation (degeneration) of mucosal polyps, the so-called benign adenomas. Usually people only notice it in later stages, with blood traces in the stool, irregular bowel movements or unspecific, unexplainable weight loss.
The aim of this screening is to detect the mucosal polyps in order to remove them before they turn malignant. In case of successful removal, there is a chance of cure around 90%.
Colon carcinoma risk factors
- age (regular colon cancer screening recommended from 50 years onwards)
- genetic factorsn < 10% (start screening 10 years before the onset of the disease at relatives)
- family factors approx. 25% (start screening 10 years before the onset of the disease at relatives)
- chronic inflammatory bowel disease
- diabetes mellitus Typ II
- life style (inactivity, smoking, alcohol)
- diet (high fat diet and red meat, little fibres, fruit and vegetables)
- previous colon polyp
In the Radiology Ottobrunn, we carry out the virtual coloscopy at the ultra-low-dose CT. This examination is painless, requires no endoscope, no sedation (the rest of the day can be spent normally) and is carried out in approx. 15 minutes. In addition, there is no risk of injury to the intestinal wall, so that it is even without risk for patients with coagulopathies or for patients taking blood thinners. As with conventional coloscopy, colon cleansing is also required for the virtual coloscopy. We will provide you with all necessary instructions.