Dr Oz: Katie Couric On Colon Cancer & Colonoscopies
Katie Couric joined Dr Oz to discuss her decision to undergo a live colonoscopy on The Today Show. Katie was hoping to educate people, saying she believes a lot of people didn’t know that colon cancer is highly preventable. Colon cancer has a 90% cure rate if it’s detected early. She wanted to put it all out there in the open, considering it’s the second-leading cancer killer of men and women in America and there are things people can do.
She claims people were too timid to even talk about colon cancer or colonoscopies. She didn’t want people to be left saying “if only” like she was when her husband died of colon cancer at age 42. Their daughters were just 2- and 6-years-old and she didn’t want other families to “suffer the same fate” that her family did. She also wanted to show that it wasn’t that bad so everyone should do it.
Dr Oz: A Virtual Look Inside A Colon
She knew she needed to use her position to promote awareness, even if she had a little fun with it, because the message was “critically important” to get out there. Katie believes one of the reasons people avoid getting screened is embarrassment. “Everyone has a colon, if they’re lucky!”
Dr Oz stated that Katie was clearly brave by allowing viewers to have a closer look at her colon. Dr Oz was hoping she could be brave once again, so he could take her on a virtual trip through her own colon. Katie recognized the “v-shaped folds” right away, saying it was important to check in those folds, during a colonoscopy, for polyps. While inside the colon, Katie noticed three polyps, which would be clipped during a colonoscopy to prevent future cancer as well as to remove possible cancerous lumps that are already there. No surgery or anesthesia is needed because the same tool is used to take care of them. Dr Oz himself had a polyp removed.
Dr Oz: What Is It Like To Prep For A Colonoscopy?
Katie asked Dr Oz to speak out the prep that’s necessary for a colon, since a lot of people tend to worry about that. But apparently Dr Oz wasn’t the one to ask since he had lentils in his own colon during his colonoscopy! But Katie stated that it wasn’t nearly as bad as people seem to think it is.