Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gastric Bypass Prevents Cancer? . . .

According to CBS news and 60 Minutes, the scientific community is discovering links between gastric bypass surgery and reduced incidents of cancer.

The story does a great job of showing some good success stories but doesn't sugar coat things (it gets in to failure rates and the risks, etc.) and it talks about the well known/documented link between gastric bypass and diabetes BUT this cancer link is new (to me at least).

NOW - as I try to be the voice of reason when people blame gastric bypass for stuff I am going to point out that it is the reduced weight, reduced physical strain and enhanced self-awareness (diet, excercise, etc. etc. etc.) coupled with the reduction in other co-morbidities (high blood pressure, cholesterol, apnea, etc. etc. etc.) that actually LEADS to the lower rates fo cancer BUT - if gastric bypass puts that all in to motion . . . more power to the procedure.

The piece does go in to detail on the differences between gastric band and gastric bypass (again, long term effectiveness and impact is in favor of bypass itself).

An interesting read of the story with some great video footage (likely the entire feature package, it is 13:00 long) is available here. A second video that talks about the differences between band and bypass is also available at the link above.

One great statistic to keep on hand when your critics start piping up . . . only about 1 in 1,000 patients now dies from gastric bypass surgery! That is down from the 1:100 figure that was cited just a decade ago.


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