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Hospital offers free screenings

Thursday, August 7, 2008

You know the old saying, "The greatest things in life are free?" That saying can never be true enough, especially when you want to lead a long and healthy life.

Cancer claims the lives of men, women and children of all races, sex and creeds. A way people can combat cancer is to have regular screening tests.

To raise colon cancer awareness Fulton County Hospital is offering free colon cancer screenings throughout the month of August.

Colon cancer, in particular, is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. According to the Mayo Clinic Web site, about 112,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer on an annual basis.

The Centers for Disease Control advises those 50 years and over to have a colonoscopy, which is a colon-screening test, on a regular basis. According to the Mayo Clinic a colonoscopy takes about 20 minutes to an hour. Those who undergo a colonoscopy receive a mild sedative, and a doctor inserts a tube the size of an adult finger with a tiny camera attached to it in the rectum and through the entire length of the large intestine, or colon.

During the test, the doctor will check for polyps and remove those that are found so they don't develop into a larger problem that requires surgery. The following are some things the Mayo Clinic suggests to prepare the colon 24 hours before the examination: (1) stop taking iron pills and any medications that contain iron, (2) take prescribed laxatives and sometimes enemas, (3) avoid eating solid foods and opaque liquids, (4) drink clear, nonalcoholic liquids (5) avoid red colored liquids.

The truth is, free things can be priceless, but a healthy body is worth more. Those who would like to have a free colonoscopy can stop by the hospital's outpatient center 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday to pick up their paperwork. For more information contact the Fulton County Hospital at 895-2691.

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