"It was very unnerving," Rogers said. Despite her bleak diagnosis, Rogers is now cancer free, thanks to a colon cancer screening and caressive treatment. Yet, many people never get that far. "Colon cancer kills a lot of people that it shouldn't because they didn't get screened," Rogers said. Dr. James Hobley, a gastrointestinal specialist in Shreveport, says everyone should be screened for colon cancer every 10 years starting at age 50 and earlier if you have a family history of colon cancer. However, many people simply are not coming in for the screening.
" A lot of people are really nervous about the test," Hobley says," they don't know about it therefore anything invasive to them is a turn off." But, a colonoscopy is not what it used to be. "Patient comfort level has increased so much and our ability to detect and treat these precancerous growths is really at a point now where testing is very easy," Hobley said. With Medicare, the first screening is free. It's a test that can be the difference between life and death. Connie says she is living proof and that's a joy she wants more people to experience. For more information on colon cancer and Medicare screenings, you can contact the American Cancer Society by visiting www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.