UC Irvine Health to live stream colonoscopy to raise awareness of colorectal cancer prevention

Public invited to watch as it happens on March 30

March 21, 2016

UC Irvine Health will live stream a colonoscopy, featuring two of our gastroenterology experts. Dr. Kenneth Chang, executive director of the H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, will perform the procedure on Dr. Gregory Albers, medical director, UC Irvine Health GI Diagnostic Services.

Albers is due for his regularly scheduled colorectal cancer screening and will undergo the procedure on Wednesday, March 30 at 8 a.m. PDT.

“Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. It is also one of the most preventable types of cancer, because it can be diagnosed early and successfully treated,” Chang said. “We want to raise awareness of the importance of colonoscopies in detecting and preventing colorectal cancer and demystify the procedure.”

While the procedure is being live streamed, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about colonoscopies and colon health via Twitter, and the doctors will answer them.

“Proper screening helps prevent colon cancer,” Albers said. “Colonoscopy, which identifies and removes polyps in a single procedure, is the gold standard for cancer detection and prevention. Polyps are precursors to colorectal cancer, and usually take 10 years to become cancerous, so removing them early prevents cancer from developing.”

Men and women should be screened every 10 years starting at age 50. Those at higher risk should be screened earlier and more often.

Access the live stream here, http://www.ucirvinehealth.org/news/2016/03/live-stream-colonoscopy/

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