June 23, 2021 — Largo Medical Center is leading the way with the latest technology to help detect colorectal cancer early.  Through the use of artificial intelligence, endoscopists have another tool to improve the detection of multiple polyps and polyps in the distal and proximal colon.

Colorectal cancer is the third-most commonly diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the U.S. each year. Colorectal cancer screenings are usually done before any signs or symptoms of the disease appear.

Tests that detect polyps and colorectal cancer look at the structure of the colon itself to find any abnormal areas, usually with a scope or X-ray test. Polyps found at this stage usually can be removed before they become cancerous.

“It’s incredible to see the technology advancements which increase our ability to detect colorectal cancer in patients early.  By utilizing this newly approved artificial intelligence technology, I’m confident that we can improve our ability to detect polyps that could have been missed otherwise” states Meir Mizrahi, M.D., Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program Director at Largo Medical Center and West Florida Division Advanced GI Medical Director.

Screenings are important to ensure your body stays healthy and to detect any concerning developments, which may include early signs of cancer. Colon polyps are a common finding in colorectal screenings. It is important to remove these polyps before they may become cancerous.