Fundamental Issues

This week I’m re-blogging something I wrote a year ago, called Fundamental Issues. It’s about the importance of beginning to have a colonoscopy, beginning at age 50, and every five years thereafter. Mine last year was incomplete, so I’m having it done again tomorrow.
The reason I think this is critically important is because in April last year, we lost a friend/family member to colon cancer. He was 58, and, until his cancer was diagnosed two years before he passed away, he had never had a colonoscopy. There is an extremely high probability that he would be alive today if he had.
I also have an uncle who has had a serious battle with colon cancer – winning it so far – but he regrets that he waited until the cancer was well advanced to get a screening. By the way, the tests you get from your pharmacist only tell you that you possibly have cancer. Having polyps removed during a colonoscopy prevents cancer.
Last year when I ran this piece I got several responses saying essentially: “Okay, okay, I hear you.” I’ll be very happy if one life is saved.


Dave 07I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to approach this blog, but it’s probably best to do it head on, although the subject matter would suggest an approach from behind would be more appropriate.

First of all, you really need to read this hilarious column by humorist, Dave Barry. It is one of the funniest pieces I’ve ever read. While you read it, remember, Mr. Barry is a humorist.

Okay, now that you have Dave Barry’s perspective from 2008, let me give you an update for 2017. I’m 73 and I just had my fifth colonoscopy, and things have come a long way since my first one in 1994.

First of all, the stuff you have to drink now doesn’t taste all that bad. It’s certainly better than the energy drink that I used to keep hydrated. The only uncomfortable thing is the quantity which is about…

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