The thought of having a colonoscopy may make you uncomfortable, but even more uncomfortable is the thought of having colorectal cancer—one of the most widespread, lethal cancers in the United States.
Having a colonoscopy can help you catch this dangerous disease before its too late. A quick exam can help to ensure early detection and go a long way toward giving you the peace of mind that comes with a clean bill of health.
For more details about the screenings available for colon cancer, we recommend the American Cancer Society.
The Truth About Colonoscopy
It's not as bad as you think. Just ask Rev. Alvin Edwards, former city councilor who recently allowed CBS19 and NBC29 to let cameras roll during his colonoscopy at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Watch the Colonoscopy Video from CBS19
Watch the Colonoscopy Video from NBC29
When undergoing a colonoscopy, patients are sedated to eliminate discomfort and the procedure only takes 15 to 20 minutes. You can resume normal activities the next day. While other screening methods exist, doctors agree that colonoscopy is the best for colorectal cancer.
Listen to Reverend Edwards and Dr. Daniel Pambianco's follow up interview on WINA's LiveWell segment from Monday, March 22.
And, to learn more about the importance of being screened for colon cancer, see Dr. Daniel Pambianco's Vital Signs article in the Daily Progress from Sunday, March 21.