Dr. Mehmet Oz, who became well known for doing health segments on the television program Oprah, recently had a colonoscopy which showed a precancerous growth in his intestine. According to reports, Dr. Oz said the exam probably “saved my life.” He said of the discovery, “The only thing holding me back from a terrible outcome is the dumb luck that I checked myself…I would have put this off, like a lot of people.” (Source: New York Daily News)
Recently a research study showed a single colon exam during middle age reduced colorectal cancer by 40 percent. Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows about 53,000 Americans died from colorectal cancer in 2006. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common type that causes death.
Colonoscopy uses a small camera to provide a visual inspection of the colon and small intestine for polyps, ulcers, or growths. It is a routine test for people 50 years or older, and used to detect colon cancer. For people with a family history of colon cancer, they are often screened at a much younger age.
To read more about the colonoscopy exam, visit the National Institutes of Health.
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