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As early as next year the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) is expected to be able to offer gastroenterology service in its quest to address the problem of colon cancer. 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And according to the doctor, one of the easily detectable diseases which could be fatal and preventable is colon cancer.She revealed that in the US, every individual over the age of 50 is expected to have a colonoscopy. ?This is where we look into the colon with a camera to see if there are any abnormal growths and with the aid of a camera we can remove it,? Dr Ramdhaney-Stephens explained.According to her, the use of the camera is simply a non-invasive procedure which can easily detect cancers in areas such as the stomach and the oesophagus.And although the incidence of the disease here is not known, she divulged that the idea to introduce the service is rooted in the fact that colon cancer is very prevalent in minorities and because there is no screening service offered locally.?If you can detect colon cancer in somebody at the age of 45 or even a polyp, which is an abnormal growth, it can be removed very easily and that person?s life could be saved because it takes 10 years for these to become cancer.?The Gastroenterology unit will also be able to address the impact of a number of other diseases prevalent in the Caribbean, Dr Ramdhaney-Stephens added. ?Different diseases such as gastrointestinal bleeds can be stopped easily with a camera without having to take the patient to the operating room.?The camera is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach and we can look for the bleeding area and clip it or put heat on it and stop the bleeding. It is a very simple procedure that takes three minutes instead of putting the patient in the operating room to diagnose a bleed.?Dr Ramdhaney-Stephens also related that in the Caribbean there are two major causes of liver diseases that can be found that are secondary to alcohol and Hepatitis C. 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