Preventing Colon Cancer (#610)
Colonoscopies can prevent cancer, according to Dr. Whitney Jones, founder of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project. He and Crit Luallen, state auditor and a survivor of colon cancer, discuss efforts to get more people screened.
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Dr. Whitney Jones of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, based in Louisville, explains how colonoscopies can prevent colon cancer before there are any symptoms, because they allow doctors to find and remove precancerous polyps. He discusses the increase in screenings in Kentucky and the higher incidence of colon cancer among younger people.
Crit Luallen discusses her diagnosis with colon cancer six years ago and her surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. She explains why she speaks out on the issue and believes money spent on colon cancer screenings would result in Medicaid savings in the long run.
Dr. Jones also describes how a colonoscopy is done, and explains that 90 percent of colon cancer deaths can be prevented through proper screening. Luallen also discusses the prep procedures for a colonoscopy.
For more information:
Colon Cancer Prevention Project
KET's Catching a Killer: Preventing Colon Cancer in Kentucky