Proper surveillance of colorectal cancer, the second most common form of cancer, is a crucial step in not just catching the disease early — but preventing it entirely.
In 2018, the American Cancer Society projects there will be nearly 100,000 new cases of colon cancer, and colonoscopies will play a vital role in diagnosing those cases. Though patient awareness of this procedure has grown significantly in recent years, in part to efforts like Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March, there’s still plenty of education to be done around its importance. That includes educating patients about the need for future follow-up colonoscopies and the role endoscopic tattooing plays in ensuring endoscopists are consistently monitoring their health.
This Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we can celebrate progress: Overall mortality rates for colorectal cancer are lower than ever. However, this overall decline is also masking a concerning new trend: a younger demographic being diagnosed with and dying from colon cancer.
According to a 2015 Harris Poll, roughly 29% of Americans have at least one tattoo. Nearly one fourth (23%) of those with tattoos say they regret getting one. This March, to support National Colorectal Awareness Month, we’re sharing (and raising awareness of) a tattoo you will never regret, Spot® Ex Endoscopic Tattoo.
Recently published data highlights that colon cancer is becoming more common among younger patients (Siegel 2017), and new clinical guidelines have been released that recommend tattooing all lesions that need to be followed-up at future colonoscopy or surgery (Ferlitsch 2017).
Today, we’re proud to introduce our latest advance to combat these trends and implement these new guidelines — Spot® Ex Endoscopic Tattoo, available in the United States. The new Spot Ex Endoscopic Tattoo provides a permanent tattoo, enabling a lifetime of patient follow-up. Spot Ex is 50% darker than the current Spot product, making the tattoo easier-to-find and helping endoscopists and surgeons manage time and productivity pressures.
Considerable variability exists amongst Endoscopists in how and when they tattoo polyps. Although often called for in scientific literature, currently no standardized protocols for endoscopic tattooing exist. Therefore, the decision to tattoo or not is left to the Endoscopist’s expertise and clinical judgement.
Proper endoscopic marking during colonoscopy procedures can be a powerful ally in the fight against colon cancer.In this video, Dr. Douglas K. Rex of the Indiana University School of Medicine explains the why, when, and how of effective endoscopic tattooing. Dr. Rex also explains why Spot® Endoscopic Marker is the preferred product choice for effective endoscopic marking.
You were supposed to turn about three miles back but you don’t know that because your GPS only provides accurate distances about 5% of the time. Wait, what?
A study by Dr. Katherine Garman, MD of Duke University Medical Center has now shown that this is the case for GI physicians trying to navigate colonic markings endoscopically. The review of 747 patient charts showed that the current lack of standards for not only endoscopic marking practice, but also reporting, is making clear communication between providers the exception rather than the rule.
The 1999 Institute of Medicine report found that preventable medical errors, including wrong-site surgery, caused 44,000 to 98,000 deaths each year, with an associated annual cost of $17 billion to $29 billion. Even using the conservative estimate, this placed medical errors among the leading causes of death in the United States. Fortunately, safeguards instituted over the past decade have resulted in the reduction of preventable medical errors. This article will discuss the issue of wrong-site surgery in patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disease and the role of endoscopic tattooing in reducing this devastating error in care.