Checkup 13: Colon health

Checkup 13: Colon health

Checkup 13: Colon health

Gloria is cancer-free
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On this, the 13th of the month, Checkup 13 emphasizes colon health.

A routine test revealed Gloria Grave had colon cancer. After surgery and chemotherapy, her prognosis is now promising.  

A healthy colon certainly wasn't something that Gloria ever thought about, until the test.

"I didn't have any signs to say I was sick," she recalled. "But when I went to the doctor and he told me I was sick, I was like, ‘wow.'

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., and it's hard to detect because often patients like Gloria have no symptoms.  But now there is a home test that is a new tool for early detection.

So for Checkup 13 this month, we offer a free home test kit. To qualify, you must be 50-years-old or be at least 45 if you are African American.

Doctors say too often, this cancer goes undetected. So they are excited about the home test. 

"We have made a lot of strides," said Dr. Arthur Baluyut, a gastroenterologist. "The biggest problem we run into is there are very little-to-no symptoms at all. Bleeding is one of them. That is why this test is a great way to kind of get the ball rolling."

To learn more, call the hotline when it opens this morning at 8:00 a.m.  It runs through 7:00 p.m.  The number is 1-866-U-CHECK-13, or 1-866-824-3251. 

You may also register online through midnight tonight.