Listening to Mozart may help docs detect colon cancer faster

A new study has revealed that listening to Mozart’s music while performing colonoscopy may help physicians increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps.

The study by Catherine Noelle O’Shea, DO and David Wolf, MD, of the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston, found adenoma detection rate increased when done with the music compared to without it.

Adenomas are a type of colon polyp that is considered a precursor for invasive colorectal cancer (CRC).

When detected early, polyps can be removed during a colonoscopy exam, preventing the development of colorectal cancer.

In this randomised controlled trial, two endoscopists each with experience completing at least 1000 colonoscopies performed screening colonoscopies randomly assigned to music – where Mozart was played – or no music.

Adenoma detection rates from this study were than calculated and compared to the baseline rates.

“Both endoscopists had higher adenoma detection rates listening to music when compared with their baseline rates,” said lead researcher Dr. O’Shea.

“Adenoma detection rate is linked to a reduction in colorectal cancer incidence so it is an important quality indicator for colonoscopy.

“Anything we can do get those rates up has the potential to save lives. While this is a small study, the results highlight how thinking outside the box — in this case using Mozart — to improve adenoma detection rates can potentially prove valuable to physicians and patients,” he added.

The study was unveiled at the American College of Gastroenterology”s (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific meeting in Washington, DC.

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