A surgery center in Atlanta recently advised almost 500 of its patients to be tested for HIV and Hepatitis C after a misstep in the cleaning process of the instrument used during a colonoscopy.
A local doctor says he hopes this incident does not lead to fear and panic, prompting people to forgo an important test for the early detection of cancer.
"The risk from a colonoscopy is extremely low, but the benefits from a colonoscopy in catching colon cancer early is extremely good to patients so for a fear of a very very unlikely disease, don't hold back from getting a colonoscopy that could save your life," says Dr. Wes Turton of West Georgia Health.
Dr. Turton says it's ok to ask questions of your doctor. For a list of questions to ask about the colonoscopy and instruments used, click here http://www.asge.org/press/press.aspx?id=6878