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Assemble the population of Arlington Heights, multiply it by two, and then consider this sobering thought: That's just slightly more than the estimated number of new cases of colorectal cancer (143,460) in the United States this year.
The good news is that survival rates are on the rise, thanks to technological advances in colonoscopy screening. "Colonoscopy is clearly the most sensible test for picking up colon cancer," says Willis Parsons, MD, medical director of the Gastroenterology Center at Northwest Community Hospital. "More importantly, it picks up precancerous polyps."
In other words, colonoscopy can find cancer before it starts.
"Almost all colon cancers start with an abnormality. Over a period of years, the abnormality, or polyp, grows and develops into cancer," Dr. Parsons explains, which is why early detection is essential.
The right colonoscopy technology can make all the difference. And that's why NCH's Gastroenterology Center utilizes the most up-to-date technology available for colonoscopies. "At NCH, our advanced scopes with higher-resolution imaging allow us to detect and remove even the smallest polyp. It's like the difference between watching sports on high-definition vs. analog," Dr. Parsons says.
At NCH's Gastroenterology Center, northwest suburban residents find top-of-the-line technology close to home, while benefiting from these other advantages:
"Our equipment is top of the line, we definitely have a friendlier atmosphere and patient privacy is put in high regard," Dr. Parsons says, noting that patients find everything at NCH's Gastroenterology Center that they would at a university hospital in Chicago.
And maybe even a bit more.