GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – March is the month of colorectal cancer awareness. If taken early, colon cancer is an avoidable and curable disease. However, it remains the second most common cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that adults between the ages of 50 and 75 be screened for colorectal cancer.
Action 2 News Anchor Jeff Alexander just had a colonoscopy and leads us through the screening process.
After a meeting with Prevea Health Gastroenterology Roland Christian, it was time to start the preparation process.
The evening before my first colonoscopy …
"There have to be some factors together for this to be a successful test for you and for me, and you are doing one of the things that you do as split-up Dose-bowel preparation is called, "says Dr. Christian.
Here is my review of the liquid preparation for bowel preparation: "Not bad, not great, it will take a while for everything to be drunk." 1
"And if we take the exam, I can see the little polyps and take them off," Dr. Christian.
At 1:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon I arrived at the HSHS at St. Vincent Hospital.
"It's the end of the world as I know it," I thought.
After checking in, we go to the 3rd floor and the Prevea Center for Digestive Health.
I & # 39; I'm hanging in there, ready to go. Hungry. Let's get this process started, right.
After putting on my stylish robe, a nurse measures my blood pressure and checks my temperature.
Dr. Christian comes by to clarify the last questions and explain the process.
"After that, you get an intravenous start, an IV, a catheter that will allow some saline to enter your system, and finally, drugs that will make you tired for the exam," Dr. Christian.
Finally it's time for the show and off to the examination room.
"While you're on monitors, you're on cardiac monitors, respiratory monitors, and heart rate monitors so we can monitor your vital signs, blood pressure as well, then the examination is started, and usually it takes about 15 to 20 minutes, maybe 30 minutes to complete the exam, "says Dr. Christian.
My exam, it is said, lasts 20 minutes. And then it goes back to my room, where I am already awake.
I'm a happy camper, the procedure went well, a piece of cake.
Dr. Christian stops and says everything looks good.
"You did it, now you're set for 10 years, Jeff," laughs Dr. Christian.
Within hours of my colonoscopy, I felt completely normal. The process is really no big deal. The preparation – not so much fun. But knowing that you have taken steps to prevent one of the deadliest forms of cancer – peace of mind in any case.
COLON CANCER AND SCREEN INFORMATION: https://www.prevea.com/Your-Wellness/Resources/Colon-Cancer-Screening