Colon cancer has claimed famous actors such as Chadwick Boseman and Audrey Hepburn. Photo credit for Boseman “Chadwick Boseman” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Photo credit for Hepburn by fred baby is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Colon cancer can be prevented

A colonoscopy by a talented doctor saved my life.

I had my first colonoscopy when I was 54, four years later than generally recommended. The doctor found a 20 mm polyp in the ileocecal valve, and it was precancerous and flat, unlike most polyps that are dome-shaped without a stalk or hanging from the colon wall. I’m pretty sure the polyp would have eventually developed into colon cancer in the past 11 years if…

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