HUP Doctors Remind People Over 50 To Get A Colonoscopy

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – March is colorectal cancer awareness month and doctors want you to help yourself stay healthy.

Dr. David Metz, associate chief of clinical affairs in the division of Gastroenterology at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, would like to send everyone a card on their 50th birthday saying it’s time to get a colonoscopy.

“The beauty of colorectal cancer screening is not so much to identify cases it’s to identify the premalignant lesions that can be removed and put the patient in a surveillance program to prevent them ever getting this disease.”

He says only 50 percent of the people are getting the exam and he hopes awareness can raise that.

There will also be a fundraising walk and run March 20th at the Art Museum. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Reported By Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio.

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  1. Chris M says:

    I have insurance and cannot get a Colonoscopy. I live alone and have no one to drive me home after the procedure. When I heard the doctor addressing how it needs to be done perhaps he can also provide us a ride home. For now, with insurance, I am left to take my chances with the disease.

  2. kate says:

    i am all for preventive med– however one if you have no insurance do you send your blood pressure sky high worrying about this.
    two is it better to forget this and many other tests to screen out diseases and live each day as a blessing that may be your last.

    after being probed and screened for everything under the sun being a woman over 50 and seeing the charges the insurance co was billed let alone the co- pays i had at the hospitals and the deductions from my pay — i have reached the conclusion i am living for the day– too many times you hear the test were read wrong, the person goes through hell during that and nothing was even wrong. and i truly believe there is a cancer cure but there is too much money involved in “treating” the disease for the medical field to tell the lay person that.

  3. grumpy says:

    Most people that I know that are in that age group have had their jobs outsourced and any jobs that have been found don’t have health benefits. Where do they go from here?

  4. Zzbar says:

    Co-worker was in perfect health. Over 55 years of age. Blood pressure good, heart good, weight good for height, do-do good, eyes good, went to Dr. on schedule, ate the right things, No smoking, No drinking, Little red meat at times, exercise. etc.
    Coming home from work one day he got killed by a uninsured, license expired drunk driver. R.I.P. Read “bottomline’s” comment.

  5. bottomline says:

    They’re having another fund raiser. Get there first!, before the money gets digested in administrative cost. Better yet, stop worrying and enjoy life, these medical gurus have a very long list of things you may die from, especially so, if you let them into your life.

  6. Bob Wright says:

    Hey Dan I also in the same boat no health insurance looking for a affortable way to have the test done

  7. DANIEL HOLMES says:

    iF YOU DO NOT HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE IS THERE ANYWAY OF BEING SCREENED AT A NOMINAL FEE.? i DO NOT HAVE MEDICAL INSURANCE AND i AM CURRENTLY 59YEARS OLD AND PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THIS PROCEDURE DONE.

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