“It can catch cancer before it becomes hopeless”: How a colonoscopy saved one woman from a potentially fatal diagnosis

March 12, 2015 5:40 PM

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“It can catch cancer before it becomes hopeless”: How a colonoscopy saved one woman from a potentially fatal diagnosis

After three of her family members died from colon cancer, one California woman pushed to have herself screened early— which may have saved her life. Now, in honor of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, she and her doctor are working to remind people of the importance of early detection of the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Gena Kay, 47, lost her father at age 50, her paternal aunt at 56, and her grandfather all to colon cancer. Her paternal uncle also received a diagnosis, but it came early enough that he was able to beat the disease. While the designated age for a colonoscopy is 50, due to her family’s history, Kay p...

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