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Sing Along With the Colonoscopy Song

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.

Colonoscopy Song

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


(Repeat Chorus)

‘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


(Repeat Chorus)


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.

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8:38PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

I liked Mit W's verses better.

3:14PM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

thanks for sharing this song and info

5:26AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Are u kidding me?

6:31PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

"We praise the colorectal surgeon
Misunderstood and much maligned
Slaving away in the heart of darkness
Working where the sun don't shine

Respect the colorectal surgeon
It's a calling few would crave
Lift up your hands and join us
Let's all do the finger wave

When it comes to spreading joy
There are many techniques
Some spread joy to the world
And others just spread cheeks
Some may think the cardiologist
Is their best friend
But the colorectal surgeon knows...
He'll get you in the end!

Why be a colorectal surgeon?
It's one of those mysterious things.
Is it because in that profession
There are always openings?

When I first met a colorectal surgeon
He did not quite understand;
I said, "Hey nice to meet you
But do you mind? We don't shake hands."

He sailed right through medical school
Because he was a whiz
Oh but he never thought of psychology
Though he read passages.
A doctor he wanted to be
For golf he loved to play,
But this is not quite what he meant...
By eighteen holes a day!

Praise the colorectal surgeon
Misunderstood and much maligned
Slaving away in the heart of darkness
Working where the sun don't shine!"

- Bowser and Blue.

8:37AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Mine had to be cancelled due to an family emergency, but i promptly rescheduled and get it in 3 weeks.
One of my friends here teases me a bit about it, and told me to drink a fluid i don;t like because afterwards i'll never want to look at it again.
And for those that have delayed getting one also (i'm 59), if you think of it as a gift to your loved ones it will help with the apprehension :-)

4:49AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012


4:29AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Follow-up comment! My colonoscopy on Thursday went well and the rest of my colon was normal. A huge relief. I am getting the one large polyp we already knew about removed under general anaesthetic next week. The doctors and nurses were wonderful. I hardly felt any embarrassment and I know that this could be life saving - hopefully when they check the polyp it will be benign. Preparing for the colonoscopy with laxatives is nowhere near as bad as food poisoning. I confess I fantasized a lot about french fries though!
Good luck to anyone needing or thinking about getting a colonoscopy. Don't delay.

6:06PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

This is very good. Colonoscopies aren't bad, it's that blooming medicine they give you to empty you out beforehand. Don't put it off. Have one. It sure hurts less to get a colonoscopy than to get colon cancer.

2:29AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Beautiful it relives you of fear thank you for the song

11:24PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

I'm going for mine in two weeks - not a lot of fun but the peace of mind is so worth it. Last time doc removed a precancerous polyp and probably saved my life. My father died of colon cancer.

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