Report Links Increased Cancer Risk to CT Scans

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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
This morning the NBC Today show had a topic about CT induced cancers.  It is also on the internet.  Look below:
I am a critic of CT Scan: risky, costly and ineffective.

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Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I saw that too. Would you believe I have had 5 catscans this year alone. And I think Dragonfly has had something like 12. Scary thought!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 11/29/2007 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Radiation load is a huge issue for those of us suffering from chronic illnesses like crohn's. Each of us should be aware of how many x-rays and scans that have been performed and make sure our specialists and the radiology departments booking the tests are aware of it. We can't figure out when it is too much, but we should be making our caregivers aware of those concerns so that they will think about that when determining what tests to order.

Ultimately, every time we consider having a test done we should be asking, is this really necessary? Not only is there the potential risk associated with these tests, but they often create wild goose chases when they flag a benign abnormality. That then calls for more invasive testing which nine times out of ten determines the abnormality has no health significance.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 11/29/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
It is just hype on something everyone already knew. That is why the technician doesnt stay in the room during the procedures. Same with MRI's and X-rays.

Same as how saccranine (sp?) causes cancer.
32 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 

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   Posted 11/29/2007 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an Abdominal CT Scan this summer.  The price tag was $5000 (I was responsible for co-insurance).  It was a risky procedure that I now know.  And the best part is: Nothing is conclusive from the CT Scan!!  In other words, the test results are murky and uncertain; it was a complete waste.

Diagnosed with CD in 1994;

Have being treated with Chinese herbal medicines for over 10 years.

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