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Health & Fit'My first colonoscopy saved my life': Dr. Oz shares his story

15:30  13 march  2019
15:30  13 march  2019 Source:   today.com

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Take it from me: My first colonoscopy saved my life . It’s normal to be apprehensive before a medical procedure, especially this one: The prep is Dr . Oz takes you behind the scenes of his routine colonoscopy and the shocking outcome he never expected: the discovery of a precancerous polyp.

Dr . Oz Faces His Biggest Health Scare (2:26). Take it from me: my first colonoscopy saved my life . It’s normal to be apprehensive before a medical procedure, especially this one: the prep is annoying and it’s easy I’m sharing my story to highlight the importance of getting screened on time.

If you’re putting off your first colonoscopy, don’t. Take it from me: My first colonoscopy saved my life.

It’s normal to be apprehensive before a medical procedure, especially this one: The prep is annoying (this is what I drink to prepare for it) and it’s easy to tell yourself you don’t have any risk factors. But you can’t let your anxiety win. Part of smart prevention is early detection.

I had absolutely no risk factors and my doctor found a pre-cancerous polyp that could have morphed into cancer had it not been removed.

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Dr . Mehmet Oz said that his first colonoscopy " saved my life " after his doctor found a pre-cancerous polyp. The Today hosts and Oz also talked about the increased rates of people ages 20 to 39 who are getting colon cancer. According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, that rate

Dr . Mehmet Oz is preaching the health benefits of getting a colonoscopy . It’s a dreaded process for most people, but Oz said that his first , when he was 50

I’m sharing my story during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to highlight the importance of getting screened on time. Here’s what you need to know about the process — as well as one adjustment to make the prep a bit easier.

When should people get their first colonoscopy?

The American Cancer Society issued new national guidelines, recommending that people at average risk of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45, because of the increase in colon cancer in younger people.

The major risk factors for colorectal cancer are a family history of the disease and older age, but several other factors have been associated with increased risk, including excessive alcohol use, obesity, being physically inactive, cigarette smoking and, possibly, diet.

This women's story will make you reconsider skipping your routine colonoscopy

This women's story will make you reconsider skipping your routine colonoscopy Jennifer Jones wasn’t overly concerned when she went in for her first routine colonoscopy at age 50. But when she woke up after the procedure, she was floored to hear her doctor say she had cancer. “I was still kind of out of it from the anesthesia, but I remember my doctor saying, ‘We were all surprised when we saw it,’” Jones says. “I was in shock when I left.” The cancer was advanced Jones was referred to a surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who had her undergo CT scans and MRIs to try to determine how advanced her cancer was.

Dr . Mehmet Oz is preaching the health benefits of getting a colonoscopy . “I’m a pretty healthy guy. My family has no history of colon disease. At age 50, I went in for my colonoscopy not because I wanted to, not because my doctor wanted to, because I was getting brow-beaten by a lot of people.

Until he received the results from his colonoscopy . “Oh gosh, I have cancer.” It is recommended that you have your first colonoscopy at age 50, unless your doctor orders one sooner due to your family history . Theodore shared his story on Boomer TV. Learn why a colon cancer screening is important

This new age to start screening isn’t yet agreed upon by everyone though, since the prestigious U.S. Preventive Services Task Force still recommends starting at age 50 and screening until age 75. The task force is currently reviewing its own guidelines, so we may see a change in the next iteration.

If you are debating the options, talk to you doctor if you’re between ages 45-50 and recognize that the method of screening is essential. Your choices include, but are not limited to, at-home stool-based screenings like FIT, visual exams like virtual colonoscopy — which uses relies on a CT scan of the colon and rectum — or the gold standard: colonoscopy.

When it comes to what I prefer, it’s always colonoscopy. Why am I biased? Because a colonoscopy can diagnose and treat the problem in one setting, which is a unique advantage.

For more advice from Dr. Oz on this topic, click here.

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