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I knew -- seen health risk is now being tied to a popular surgical procedure.
A study suggest patients undergoing weight loss surgery.
Are at a higher level of developing colon cancer.
And it's very alarming let's bring in doctor David somebody a member of the Fox News medical -- team.
And the chief of the division of robotics at mount Sinai hospital so you know we have the surgery now.
Where we can lose weight we're finding -- that it could have some disastrous results while the title of.
This segment is quite strong so.
We've got to be careful about -- -- formation that we're putting out there -- we just tell you that there is a fact that obesity can increase the risk of colon cancer.
Breast cancer and prostate cancer that's a known fact.
Now if if obesity causes cancer than reducing the way.
It would make sense that he would lower the risk of colon cancer now.
From a study that's coming out of this who edition and the British they looked at 77000.
Patients they follow them for about 29 years.
It's observational study but it's a good observation also the and what they found was that if you've gone through so these gastric bypass weight loss surgeries.
It actually the increases your risk of colon cancer twice doubles the risk of your risk.
The theory behind this is that by bypassing -- rerouting your stomach and and bypassing the food from small intestine.
You may change the bacteria is in they've got to change of the guard bacteria is one of the theories beyond increasing the colon cancer.
There -- some hormones and designs that also changes during this -- -- -- their risk of colon cancer so what I would tell people is.
That we know that this bypass and weight loss surgeries.
Absolutely helps -- type two diabetes.
That's given it helps with high blood pressure we have cities from US approves that.
As far as a colon cancer I think we need more of these studies to really show whether and confirm what we have here and that's important so for the viewer sitting at home watching this right now being startled out of their minds because they've gone through this gastric bypass surgery now they're wondering oh my god -- -- colon cancer.
What do you recommend to them should they increased their check ups on this.
What I would say is that when it comes to surgery you have to always risks and balance the risk and benefit if the benefit outweighs the risk then that's a good operation and you have to see exactly.
How many medical issues do you have.
I'm what is the risk of surgery.
You have to try did nutrition exercise balanced diet and everything else and surgery is always a last resort you don't want to start with surgery.
So I think you know this whole quick fix.
And then -- get the operation and I'll be fine which is exactly what a lot of -- -- for is not the best way to go on I think you really have to exhaust.
All of the other.
Modalities before you jump on this now if -- family history of colon cancer.
If you have any kind of symptoms if you have blood -- -- you gotta get your colonoscopy and you gotta check.
And if you have done this kind of surgery you wanna make sure that you're under closer balance between doctors checking.
Doctor coping with a question -- If you if it's due to the -- we know that bacterium that can cause things like cancer and other diseases why not just put those patients on antibiotics routinely.
You know somebody because we've talked about decide -- -- -- antibiotics and how over time Jamie they're going to become immune from that.
What did genetics.
Behind this that scientists are working is how -- -- we've put them they give them it's good bacteria is that's going to protect us and that's upcoming we search that's that's what I got X.
The similar to that not quite but similar to it and then didn't -- -- more of the good bacteria is -- to fight this.
So this is ongoing research and I think we just have to make sure.
Stick to good exercise and healthy diet that's number one if you have really exhausted -- -- for certain death doctor you're -- there always good to have you thank you see him.
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