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The Next Step in the Fight Against Colon Cancer

By GI Supply on February, 15 2018
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Next month may be Colon Cancer Awareness Month, but awareness and prevention is an ongoing effort as medical professionals arm themselves and their patients in the fight against colon cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancers are the third most common cancer diagnoses in the U.S. (excluding skin cancers). In 2018 the ACS estimates 97,220 new cases of colon cancer, up from an estimated 95,520 in 2017.

Gastroenterologists know that early detection and surveillance is key in the fight against colon cancer. Endoscopic tattooing continues to be a vital step in that process. In 2007, a paper published in the “World Journal of Surgery” reported that 98% of tattooed tumors were found in surgery, saving time by easily identifying harder to find lesions.

Earlier this year we were proud to introduce the latest (not-so-secret) weapon in surveillance and endoscopic tattooing, Spot® Ex Endoscopic Tattoo. Spot Ex expedites localization at follow-up procedures because it’s much darker than its predecessor, Spot®. Also, Spot Ex is permanent, enabling a lifetime of follow-up procedures.

Endoscopic Tattooing is society-recommended including the American College of Gastroenterology, the British Society of Gastroenterology, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Spot Ex has new expanded indications that support the ESGE’s updated clinical guidelines, which now read:

“Colonoscopic tattooing is performed to enable future identification, at colonoscopy or surgery, or malignant lesions (proven or suspected), polypectomy, EMR, or ESD sites, difficult-to-detect polyps, or dysplastic areas. All such lesions, other than those definitely located in the cecum, adjacent to the ileocecal valve, or in the low rectum, should be tattooed.” (Ferlitsch 2017)

As the medical community takes its next steps in the fight against colon cancer, every possible means of detection and surveillance is needed. Spot Ex offers an easier to use, easier to find solution.

We’re pleased to introduce a new resource to provide the medical community with everything you need to know about Spot Ex including proper techniques and the clinical and cost advantages. Learn more here: 

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