In order to catch serious illnesses before they can become deadly, it’s important to get your checkups, especially as you get older. The American Cancer Society recommends that men over the age of 50 get a colonoscopy once every 10 years if they have no family history of colorectal cancer. Those who are at risk should start getting checked a few years earlier and more often than those who do not.
But WTKR Norfolk reporter Kurt Williams was six years past the age when he was supposed to get his first one. He didn’t think that getting one was necessary: He eats healthily and exercises regularly, and he doesn’t have a family history of colon cancer.
Then Virginia Beach gastroenterologist Dr. Keith Berger informed him of an important and baffling statistic: “Ninety percent of people who wind up with colon cancer don’t have any family history.”
Before his first colonoscopy, Kurt had to prepare his body: For a whole day, he was on a diet of mere liquids and had to take a few laxatives before the actual procedure.
By the time he arrived for his appointment, Kurt was ready for his colon to be inspected.
Watch the clip below to see if his doctor found anything unusual during the routine exam.
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Footage and photos provided by WTKR Norfolk
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