Not the most appealing of topics, I understand. Get over it. I was watching the newest season of survivor the other night (a guilty pleasure of mine – deal with it) and there was a commercial for a CBS sponsored contest and the prize was a colonoscopy. Here’s a link to CBS Cares and the contest – a trip to New York and a free colonoscopy. They’re trying to promote awareness and colorectal health in the fight against colorectal cancer.

I had my second colonoscopy last year – I was supposed to get ten years off between the first and the second, but a test result suggested I needed one sooner. No problems detected, but peace of m ind comes from clean results. Kerry had her colon cancer detected by a routine colonoscopy. I am forever grateful she had the procedure, and I am convinced that many of our remaining years together will be the result of her surgery after the colonoscopy discovered a cancerous growth. She points out that it was because it was discovered early that she did NOT have to have any chemotherapy.

And now today, I find this article: “Report Affirms Lifesaving Role of Colonoscopy.”

A new study provides what independent researchers call the best evidence yet that colonoscopy — perhaps the most unloved cancer screening test — prevents deaths. Although many people have assumed that colonoscopy must save lives because it is so often recommended, strong evidence has been lacking until now.In patients tracked for as long as 20 years, the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut by 53 percent in those who had the test and whose doctors removed precancerous growths, known as adenomatous polyps, researchers reported on Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. The test examines the inside of the intestine with a camera-tipped tube.

If you’re over 50 or over 40 and you have any family history of colon cancer or polyps, schedule your colonoscopy now. The unpleasantness is not as bad as you might think (or is at worst a manageable evil). The cancer you detect or prevent could be your own, and you and your family will be glad you did.