Colonoscopy Screenings are Doctor Recommended: Surgeon Dr. Brian Brattlof Lives by Example
There is some positive news to share when examining facts and figures related to colorectal cancers. While the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicates colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., the death rate has been dropping for the past two decades.
One reason for this decline is the fact that colorectal screenings can detect canceers at an earlier stage when they are easiest to cure
“Regular colorectal cancer screening is one of the most powerful weapons for preventing colorectal cancer,” the ACS says. It recommends people with no identified risk factors start regular screening at age 50, but that conversation should start with your primary care physician. People with risk factors may need to be screened at a younger age or more frequently.
On a Wednesday morning in August, Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic surgeon, Dr. Brian Brattlof, performs colonoscopies at St. Joseph’s day surgery or Acute Care Unit.
His patients are prepped and ready for their screenings. Because Dr. Brattlof is a surgeon who practices what he preaches, he knows firsthand what the testing entails. He’s been in their shoes... or should we say, patient gowns. Just recently, Dr. Brattlof scheduled his colonoscopy procedure at St. Joseph’s and received a clean bill of health.
“Piece of cake,” he says.