|▲ Jeil Pyeonhan Sok Internal Medicine / Director Koo Ji-yeon|
Comfortably check 5 major cancer screenings
With easy going female doctor
Located in Hayang-eup, Gyeongsan-si, Jeil Pyeonhan Sok is an internal medicine clinic that comfortably provides 5 major cancer screenings. Stomach and colon cancer has no symptoms in the early stages. However, as the symptoms progress, indigestion, heartburn, vomiting, abdominal pain and distension, and weight loss occur in the case of gastric cancer; and changes in bowel habits, constipation, and abdominal pain occur in the case of colon cancer. These symptoms are not much different from simple indigestion or abdominal pain, so they are often ignored. In particular, even if bloody or black stools appear after the cancer has progressed considerably, the diagnosis may be delayed because they are misunderstood as hemorrhoids. However, this is often the case when the cancer is already at an advanced stage. That is why regular checkups are necessary. Jeil Pyeonhan Sok Director Koo Ji-yeon and her medical staff are conveniently providing 5 major cancer screenings without people needing to visit hospitals. In particular, before Director Koo opened the hospital, there was a lack of quality medical facilities and services in the Hayang-eup area, and there were no clinics run by female directors. Female patients tend to be reluctant to talk openly about their illness to male doctors. Koo is very well aware of this and is providing effective consultation and treatment.
Endoscopy is essential for cancer diagnosis
A polyp is a lump-like formation in which a part of the intestinal mucosa protrudes from the surrounding mucosa. It can occur in any organ with a digestive tract or mucous membrane, but some polyps are classified as precancerous and may progress to cancer if left untreated. In the case of colorectal cancer, more than 70% of colorectal polyps start with adenomas, and it usually takes about 5 to 10 years for adenomas to progress to cancer. Since cancer can be prevented if an adenoma is detected at an early stage, it is important to diagnose/treat it through endoscopy within this period. Since there are few symptoms caused by polyps, polyps are often accidentally observed and removed during health checkups. Director Koo said, “If the endoscopy is performed during sleep, the patient’s discomfort can be minimized because the examination is performed while sleeping. Delaying the examination can delay the diagnosis of the disease and make treatment more difficult. Therefore, I hope that you carry out the national examination in time so that cancer can be detected and treated early. Also, if you have symptoms, pay a visit to a clinic as soon as possible.” Jeil Pyeonhan Sok provides medical services at the level of a university hospital, as well as examinations and procedures using gastrointestinal endoscopy, which is mainly used for various examinations. Gastrointestinal endoscopy is an examination method for observing diseases occurring in the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum by using a flexible electronic endoscope.
It is possible to directly observe the lesion with the naked eye and, if necessary, additional tests such as biopsy, examination for the diagnosis of helicobacter pylori infection, and dye spraying can be performed to make an accurate diagnosis. Gastroscopy also can diagnose various diseases such as esophageal cancer, candidal esophagitis, reflux esophagitis, esophageal and gastric varices, gastritis and duodenitis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, submucosal tumors, esophageal and gastric polyps, and gastric cancer. Director Koo emphasizes the need for periodic gastric and colonoscopy examinations even after treatment for stomach or colon cancer. There is a possibility of metastasis to nearby areas, and there is a high possibility that the surrounding area has become vulnerable due to long treatment. That is why regular endoscopy is needed. In order to prevent cancer, Director Koo said, “Salty food and burnt food, processed meat, smoking, and drinking, which are known to cause stomach and colon cancer, must be avoided. I hope you can check your digestive health through regular endoscopy and detect and treat diseases early.”