Deanna Bogart did what health experts at Ingham Regional Medical Center are promoting throughout March and April: and annual screening for colon cancer.
The anesthesia that made her groggy should wear off soon, and she hasn't eaten in 24 hours.
"That was the hard part. The easy part was getting it done," Deanna said.
During a colonoscopy, a scope is inserted in the large intestine and what doctors are looking for are polyps. While not all polyps are cancerous, it can take up to 10 years for them to develop. So to prevent that, doctors can remove the polyps during the procedure.
"Those over age 50 need to have one. IF you have a family history of polyps or the disease, the screening begins at 40. IF you have polyps they will want to see you back in five years, but if everything's clear, your next screening will be in 10 years." Joanie Birdsall, R.N.
Following those guidelines is what could have saved Dorothy Nelson's brother and uncle who both died of colon cancer. Now she's encouraging more people to get screened.
"Everyday I'm reminded that I lost my brother. But it's good to see when people get early screenings," Dorothy Nelson.
While she helps Deanna head home for a decent meal, they found out her test results were fine. What's even better is she took a simple step to prevent colon cancer.
Call Ingham for a free Fecal Occult Blood Test. It's another way to test for colorectal cancer in the privacy of your home: 1-877-224-4325.
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Source: http://www.ccalliance.org/index.html (The Colon Cancer Alliance Web Site)