David Kenerson

I resisted a colonoscopy screening for 15 years, until my doctor threatened to fire me and my wife showed me up by getting hers before I did.

When I finally agreed, the gastroenterologist discovered and removed a large pre-cancerous polyp, probably a year or two before it would have converted into a tumor.

“I just saved your life,” the doctor told me as he walked out of the procedure room and left me to ponder my good luck and timing.

I grew up in a family of doctors, with a healthy skepticism about medicine. My resistance to colonoscopy had as much to do with cynicism as fear. I thought a colonoscopy was just a test doctors ordered to make money. I know now that it is a life-saving procedure.

I was concerned about pain. There is none. I was concerned about discomfort during the prep. It was easy. I started taking the laxative around 5:00 pm the night before and I was finished in the bathroom before I went to bed. The following day, the procedure was over before I knew it.

Colon cancers often require surgery and radiation and your life is never the same. In my belated experience, a colonoscopy is a very small price to pay for peace of mind.

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