When Marge Simpson gives Homer the most important gift a man your age can get a colonoscopy his doctor explains that early detection can lead to the complete removal of tumorous polyps.
Thats because a colonoscopy is not simply an examination of your intestines; colonoscopy also lets the doc spot and remove benign, precancerous or cancerous polyps that form on the lining of the colon. During Homers procedure, in addition to removing a Sgt. Peppers CD, the doctor cut out three small clumps of cells. Homer was good to go for several more seasons.
So, guys and gals, if you want to be good to go for several more seasons, heres a serious tip: Get a colonoscopy. Over the past decade there has been a significant decrease in colorectal cancer death rates; likely because more people are getting the exam. Just ask Drs. Oz and Roizen both needed polyp removal.
Right after Dr. Oz turned 50, he had his first colonoscopy broadcast on national TV. To everyones surprise, the healthy, no-history-of-cancer-in-the-family Oz had a precancerous polyp removed. After a follow-up colonoscopy a few months later, guess what? A clean bill of health. Same for Dr. Roizen.
Even if a polyp is cancerous, theres a 90 percent survival rate if removed early. So dont miss that first colonoscopy at age 45 for African Americans, age 50 for most others and earlier if you have a family history. The first colonoscopy has the biggest effect on reducing deaths from colon cancer.
The You Docs Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show and Mike Roizen of Cleveland Clinic are authors of YOU: Losing Weight. To submit questions, go to www.RealAge.com. A King Features syndicate.