Today I joined the Katie Couric Club........
It's true and I'm not afraid to tell you.............my name is Bridget and I had a colonoscopy today. I know I know, it might be too much infomation for some of you but my hope is, like Katie Couric (who had hers done on TV!) - that those of you that may be overdue for this fun little procedure - will get on the phone and dial up your Dr - Pronto! Here are a few statistics that might make you ponder this fun test:
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States are for 2011:
•101,700 new cases of colon cancer
•39,510 new cases of rectal cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States when men and women are considered separately, and the second leading cause when both sexes are combined. It is expected to cause about 49,380 deaths during 2011.
The test was a piece of cake - I had the Michael Jackson drug of choice - propofol. Which means - I was out cold! However, the nice thing about propofol is you wake up very easily from it - I walked out of the hospital 2 hours later!
The preparation - well - it wasn't the most pleasant experience but I feel it could have been worse! I spent a few hours running to the ladies room last night - but thankfully I followed Dr's orders - ate light on Tuesday and had nothing but jello and chicken broth yesterday.
My Dr told me I made the right choice given my family history and what not - I did have 1 polyp which was removed and will be biopsied - so given the choice that that little polyp could have sat in me and grown into some kind of cancer - I'm really glad I have checked that box off - and you should too!