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[WARNING] This Routine Exam Could Kill You

In 2010, Diane went for what she assumed would be a routine colonoscopy.

It was her third in just two years. And it left her with a deadly condition called acute peritonitis that killed her a few days later.

And, believe it or not, these kinds of tragedies are happening far more often than we realize.

Your odds of being injured, or even killed, by the side effects of colonoscopies actually exceed your odds of getting colorectal cancer in the first place.

So why are so many of us going in for colonoscopies almost annually? And at younger and younger ages?

It’s all a matter of money. And understanding how the system is rigged against us is the first step toward staying safe.

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Currently, the American Cancer Society (ACS) suggests screenings beginning at age 50. This is the age at which the odds of colorectal cancer double.

But doctors have been prescribing the procedure more and more often, and to younger and younger patients.

Why? Because they are paid for every single referral they make.

Every time a doctor refers you to a specialist, he may actually make  a percentage of that appointment and any procedures you undergo. Sometimes the specialists even own the practices that refer them!

So, there’s no knowing how many of the millions of colonoscopies performed every year are even medically necessary.

One study even shows that U.S. doctors make nearly a million extraneous referrals every year because of the personal profit.

It’s outrageous when you think about the fact that the risk of injury or death from a colonoscopy is roughly 1 in every 200 procedures.

With 15 million colonoscopies performed every year in the U.S., that’s as many as 75,000 injuries!

And that number is sure to increase as the ACS lowers the suggested screening age, which will open the market up for even more referrals.

Treating these patients as “collateral damage” is unacceptable. Especially when the rate of risk is just as high as the incidence of colorectal cancer, itself.

The risks include severe amnesia due to blood loss, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, kidney failure, false positives that lead to unnecessary treatment, and more.

Of course, these risks become a greater threat with age, and seniors are the primary target group for these “preventative” colonoscopies.

Even if colonoscopies do reduce colorectal mortality rates by 2,500 lives each year, the statistics show that 56 people are senselessly harmed to save a single life.

Not to mention the radiation exposure that is part of every colonoscopy which raises the risk of all kinds of cancer by 20%.

But there’s another way to screen for the disease without putting your life on the line. Fecal occult blood testing can be done on an annual basis to check for signs of blood in the stool.

It’s a completely risk-free alternative that we simply aren’t told about because the referral payoffs aren’t as juicy.

This procedure is the preferred method of colorectal cancer screening in many other countries because the doctors do not get paid to refer colonoscopies at all.

Next time you’re due… and I mean legitimately due… for a colon cancer screening, ask your doctor about this method instead. You could end up saving yourself a whole lot of heartache and risk.


Sources

[1] Why Colon Cancer Scare Is Fake News

[2] SIDE EFFECTS OF SCREENING COLONOSCOPIES

[3] Only an Accident: Fatal Colonoscopy Leaves Family Stunned and Unpaid

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