A colonoscopy is a procedure that enables an examiner (usually a gastroenterologist) to evaluate the appearance of the inside of the colon (large bowel).
This is accomplished by inserting a flexible tube that is about the thickness of a finger into the anus, and then advancing it slowly, under visual control, into the rectum and through the colon.
It is performed with the visual control of either looking through the instrument or with viewing a TV monitor.
The exam is recommended for men and women once they reach the age of 50 and/or because individuals may have a previous history of polyps or colon cancer.
Excuse the medical lesson, but we felt it was important to tell you (we admit in somewhat graphic detail) what the exam entails and why it is important to get one once you reach the half-century mark.
We congratulate our colleague for being proactive and getting the procedure done.
Fortunately the staffer received a “clean” bill of health.
During this year long focus, we want all our readers—and non-readers—of the Community Journal to be proactive and take control of their health and the health of their loved ones by getting or encouraging someone to get the necessary yearly check-up and recommended medical procedures that will help them maintain their health.
To those individuals reading this editorial who can’t afford regular medical check-ups and other exams like a colonoscopy, there are clinics in our community for low-income individuals or individuals who can’t afford medical insurance like Milwaukee Health Services, which provides quality medical care and will work with you as it relates to payment.
In the coming months, we will have articles and a weekly section specifically dedicated to health issues of importance to our community.
We welcome any input or suggestions you might have that will make this year’s focus the most successful one this newspaper has had, because–quite frankly and at the risk of sounding morbid–it’s a matter of life or death.
The MCJ staff will continue to share individual commitments to be healthier people in 2010. Hope you will join us! Feel free to also share.