You wouldn’t think the World Series and colonoscopy had anything to do with each other. But for me it did. When my doctor suggested I have a colonoscopy, I said I’d do it when the Red Sox won the World Series. They hadn’t done it in 86 years and I thought I was safe. That year the Red Sox won and I went in for my test. It wasn’t bad at all and I know I don’t have colon cancer.
But I’m not the only person who looks for a way to put off a colonoscopy, even though it can detect the second most common cause of cancer death when it is still a precancerous polyp. Common reasons people don’t get a colonoscopy include not being told by their doctor to get one, fear of pain or finding cancer, and embarrassment.
To help people overcome their fear, I wrote a colonoscopy song and play it for you on the video below. It’s part of HealthRock. Kind of like Schoolhouse Rock but for health. My idea is that if people can sing about something, they can talk about it. And if they can talk about it, they can do something about it.
Before Colon Cancer Awareness Month slips away, I want to encourage you one more time to get your colonoscopy. I’ve included the words below. The first verse tells you why you need one. The second verse tells you the signs and symptoms. The third verse explains about the preparation and why it’s important. The chorus sums it up.
Enjoy the video. Have you had a colonoscopy? Comment on why you decided to get one. If not, comment on why not.
Colon cancerís silent, but itís killer number two
Silently a-growing deep inside of you
But if you catch it early, youíll be cancer free
Thatís why when you’re 50, get a colonoscopy
You need a light at the end of your tunnel
Searching for a bump in the road
In order to see with more clarity
First youíve got to lighten your load
Each year have your doctor check for occult blood in you
And tell them about bright red blood or dark and tarry poo
If colon cancer or polyps run in your family
You need to schedule a colonoscopy
‘Cause if your colonís loaded, itís not much of a view
But enemas and liquid meds will flush it out of you
Next day when itís empty, your doctor can see
Just in time for you to have your colonoscopy
Mache Seibel, MD (ASCAP) HealthRock Publishing
I’ve created a free singing colonoscopy eCard with a snippet of the colonoscopy song that you can sent to a friend or loved one to encourage them to get a light at the end of their tunnel.