Monday, March 11, 2013

Colonoscopy Screening: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

I love some good colonoscopy humor. This billboard in the Twin Cities is one that I see on my commute to work, and it cracks me up every time I drive past it.


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. The best way to detect colon cancer is with a colonoscopy. Please - if you are 50 or older, or if your family history indicates that you have risk factors - schedule your appointment. And if you're not 50 and are having pain or unusual symptoms, please see a doctor to get an assessment.

Being that IBD is a risk factor for colon cancer, I am one of the people in line for a colonoscopy. Also because of my IBD, I get them regularly, anyway, just to monitor my disease. Jealous? You should be! I'm due for my next one, and this time, I think I'm going to request a "Frequent Scoper" punch-card.

Colonoscopies aren't bad. I do, however, think that the prep is the worst part. So, here is a list of tips on how to make your prep as tolerable as possible: 27 Insider Tips and Tricks for Colonoscopy Prep

Happy Scoping!


3 comments:

  1. You "crack" up? LOL. Just preparing for my life as a boy mom. ;-)

    Can't say I haven't been there. Not fun, my friend, not fun. I have a funny story that I may share at some point....

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    1. LOL - Yes, I "crack" up! I would love to hear your story, when you're ready to share it. :)

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  2. Colon cancer is cancer of the large intestine (colon), the lower part of your digestive system. Rectal cancer is cancer of the last 8 to 10 inches of the colon. Together, they are often referred to as colorectal cancers , and they make up the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Only lung cancer claims more lives.

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