The Colonoscopy

After two years of procrastinating and dreading the procedure, I finally got sick of my doctor nagging me about it and had it done yesterday. An you know what? It just wasn’t that bad at all.

The actual procedure took about ten minutes. I was awake, under mild sedation, and I barely felt anything. They removed four 1-2mm polyps that they didn’t seem particularly concerned about. And that was it, I was on the way home a half hour later.

As for the preparation, that wasn’t that bad either. Yeah, you have to drink a gallon of salty liquid, over two sittings, that causes diarrhea, so you need to stay near the bathroom. The liquid didn’t taste particularly bad and I didn’t experience any nausea, cramping, or bloating. If you follow the diet instructions they give you, you shouldn’t have any problems. Frankly, the worst part of the preparation was not being able to eat anything for over a day.

The bottom line is that a colonoscopy is not scary, painful, or something to be overly anxious about and having it done is infinitely better than the possibility of unnecessarily dying of colon cancer.

/so, if you’re over 50 and still putting it off, you’re out of excuses, get it done, you’ll sleep better at night knowing

Bad News . . . For Cancer

Scientists unlock genetic code in major cancer breakthrough

The entire genetic codes of two common types of cancer have been cracked, according to scientists, who say the breakthrough could unlock a new era in the treatment of deadly diseases.

Scientists at the UK-based Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute catalogued the genetic maps of skin and lung cancer and have pinpointed the specific mutations within DNA that can lead to dangerous tumors.

Researchers predict these maps will offer patients a personalized treatment option that ranges from earlier detection to the types of medication used to treat cancer.

The genetic maps will also allow cancer researchers to study cells with defective DNA and produce more powerful drugs to fight the errors, according to the the study’s scientists.

“The knowledge we extract over the next few years will have major implications for treatment,” Peter Campbell from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said.

“By identifying all the cancer genes we will be able to develop new drugs that target the specific mutated genes and work out which patients will benefit from these novel treatments.”

See also:
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It seems like at least once a year there’s a “breakthrough” in cancer research that threatens to end the deadly scourge but, so far, there’s still no “magic bullet” and cancer marches on. Let’s hope this research lives up to its potential and finally breaks the back of the deadly, insidious disease.

/my dad died of lung cancer and I used to smoke, so hurry up, please