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June 9, 2013

HOPKINS: A life-saver, no butts about it

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Whether or not that’s a true story, it’s still kind of funny.

However, there’s nothing funny about cancer. It’s a terrible disease and if you’ve ever watched a loved one suffer through it, you know that it’s gut-wrenching. There are many cancer fund-raising events coming up in the next few weeks and months, and if you can, please help out by making a donation.

If you’re advised to have a procedure such as a colonoscopy, get it done. Usually colonoscopies are reserved for people 50 and older, but I was fast-tracked because of the familial link. Most people are told to have them done every five years. I’ve been told to get it done again in three years.

I awoke and a nurse told me the procedure was over and my ride was waiting for me. Everything went well. I know people who were told, after a colonoscopy, that they had cancer. They’re still alive to talk about it.

A colonoscopy and other procedures can help prevent cancer. That doesn’t mean that you won’t get cancer at some point in your life, but please take the preventative measures. They can give you peace of mind. They may also detect something that needs to be examined or removed.

And they can save your life.

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