November 17, 2021

It is time for Black men to talk about getting a colonoscopy

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The doctor had told him to quit many years ago. And they also suggested that he gets a colonoscopy as soon as possible. His hemoglobin amongst other tests showed abnormalities.

Black men are at a higher risk to develop colon cancer than any other race.

Lisa knew her husband Tyrone was a big baby. He ran when it was time to go to the hospital.

He would always wait until the last moment to schedule his appointments. So, Lisa decided to start paying more attention to his doctor’s visits.

Concerned spouse

Since, her younger brother had died from prostate cancer that metastasized to his colon. As a result, she felt compelled to save her husband from pending doom.

Mark, her husband loved steaks almost every other day, he changed smoked and never exercised. Lisa was even concrened with his short wind during their son’s basketball games.

The doctor had told him to quit many years ago. And they also suggested that he gets a colonoscopy as soon as possible. His hemoglobin amongst other tests showed abnormalities.

This sent Lisa into a panic, and she scheduled the procedures for him. Even though, he appeared fine, drink his beer with ease and still toted his cigars.

But Lisa had to make him understand the doctor’s knows best. The doctors are basing everything off his lab work.

The end results

Finally, he didn’t go to the first appointment being bull headed. But after a few spotting and pain, he was rushed into the hospital for the new one.

Lisa’s husband was indeed diagnosed with cancer stage 3. She was devastated and her husband was more than afraid.

What is a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is (aka as coloscopy) the endoscopic examination of the large bowel and distal part of the small bowel. The doctors use a CCD camera or a fiber optic camera on a flexible tube passed through the anus.

The day before the procedure

On the day before the procedure, you can’t eat any solid food. You may drink clear liquid, Gatorade, chicken broth or anything that is liquid. You will be given a solution to drink or the powder from that you mix with water.

The solution is usually 4 liters and you must drink it all up. The ideal is to empty your body of any fecal matters in preparations for the procedures.

The day of the procedure you will be under anesthesia and the doctor will probe the anal cavity toward your intestines. This is a painful yet invasive procedure that most men shy away from.

Nonetheless, this could save your life and detect early, a lot of issues inside of you that could save your life. So, it is advisable that all black men and women too, consider getting a procedure done after 45.

Who is at risk for colon cancer?

Red meat eaters

Smokers

Obesity

Alcoholics

Hereditary

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