The Cancer You Can Beat Today

Discussion in 'Health and Wellness Forum' started by Terry, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington

    Bonnie Adams worked for a secret government agency whose nickname—"No Such Agency"—riffed off its true acronym. She started there in the 1980s as an analyst monitoring communications within the Soviet Union, and was eventually promoted to internal affairs, where she became a field agent sniffing out "security risks." She possessed a gun, a badge, and a lot of stories she could never tell her son, no matter how much he begged.
    She was tough, but not quite tough enough. The whole time she was stalking those security risks, an internal threat of her own was sneaking up on her: colon cancer. It took her life in 2004; she was only 55 years old.
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Good article. I put my first colonoscopy off until well past the age when you are supposed to do it...I went to about 62. I was lucky...nothing there, not even any polyps. But it was russian roulette...if I did have a problem, it might have been too late. DONT WAIT!

    And I slept through the colonoscopy, so I felt foolish for having waited so long!
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  4. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Retired Industrial Automation controls/tech s
    Long Island, NY
    I had my first colonoscopy at age 50. It was very interesting (the scope procedure itself). Back then, the anesthesiologist put me in a very light "almost" sleep, where I was able to actually watch the monitor and see the camera's travel all 6 feet in. So far, everything has been good, and the one or 2 polyps they found over the years have been benign. I get checked now every 5 years or so, also get the upper gastroscopy done to check the esophagus and stomach and entrance to duodenum.

    Everybody over 50 should get the colonoscopy done, especially those that have frequent digestive problems of any sort.
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