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Age 45 or over?
It's time for your colonoscopy.
A Desperate Plea
An Open Letter to Patients Age 45 or Over

I hate colon cancer. With a vengeance. My aunt was diagnosed with Stage III B colon cancer at age 59, having put off her colonoscopy. My childhood friend was diagnosed Stage IV at age 43. He died at 46.

Colon cancer is a preventable disease. The American Cancer Society recommends screening for colon cancer starting at age 45 for patients at average risk. While a mail-in stool test is a good first step, there is no replacement for colonoscopy. It's simple: the removal of a benign polyp means it will never give you colon cancer. 

Still, some of my patients fear the prep, and the procedure. They cite the bad taste and large volume of liquid they must drink. They worry about the anesthesia during the procedure. They even worry about someone seeing them "down there." 

I'm here to tell you: though every procedure has risks, colon cancer is both statistically more likely, and infinitely worse. Chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, or a devastating prognosis, are all worse than a 30-minute procedure you're asleep for. A procedure that could save your life.

I would do just about anything to prevent another case of colon cancer – including letting my patients and the entire internet ride along for my first colonoscopy. In the video below, join me for the prep, the procedure, and the results... and then, please: schedule your colonoscopy.​


Average-risk patients age 45+ should schedule a colonoscopy.


Patients age 50 or older, no matter their risk level, should have a colonoscopy right away and every 10 years (unless otherwise instructed based on initial findings). 


Call a local GI today, such as US Digestive Health, and inform them that you are a CMMD & Associates patient.


US Digestive Health

150 East Pennsylvania Avenue

Suite 500

Downingtown, PA 19335 


Christine Meyer, MD's
First Colonoscopy
Christine Meyer, MD
What it Takes

In general, colonoscopy requires:

  • one day of fasting (clear liquid foods only)

  • one evening of prep (drinking fluids to flush the colon)

  • a 30-minute procedure under anesthesia, followed by 

  • one day of rest/taking it easy.

Where to Go

While our patients can see any gastroenterologist for this procedure, we routinely refer patients to US Digestive Health in Downingtown. We highly recommend this outstanding local practice for patients' colonoscopy needs.


US Digestive Health

150 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 500

Downingtown, PA 19335 


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