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Healthwise: Colonoscopy Program

March 30, 2011

Martha Jefferson Hospital's outreach program is helping nearly one dozen Charlottesville men who are considered 'at risk' for colon cancer receive a free colonoscopy.

DJ Cle Logan, of 92.7 radio, took part in the free health screening. His radio show "The Rhythm Ride" runs every morning. He might be an expert behind the microphone, but he also understands the importance of health care. As an African American, Logan is more at risk for colon cancer. That is why he chose to participate in Martha Jefferson Hospital's Colonoscopy Program.

Logan recently lost someone to colon cancer, and is now signing up for the life-saving procedure and encouraging listeners to do the same.

"I want people to know that they have to be proactive about their health. It's a lot of things that we'll sweep under the rug," said Logan. "I want folks to know that there are some things you just can't play with and colon cancer is one of those."

Those who have had the screening before, understand how effective it can be.

"The importance of it to be able to diagnose it and treat it early if you do have a problem," said Wilford Wilson.

While Wilson and Logan want to stay healthy, they agree that colonoscopies are not necessarily fun.

"I think the whole mental part or the worst part is probably is getting the pre-checking," said Wilson. "Later on I've got to drink this juice that's going to cause quite a commotion on my insides so it is the prep part of that."

However, experts say the few hours of preparation is worth it, it helps to create a whole lifetime of healthy living.

Ten area men are participating in the program, they will be screened on Thursday. According to Martha Jefferson doctors, new guidelines suggest African American men are more likely to get colon cancer. Those individuals should begin screenings at age 45. People who have a history of colon cancer running in their family should begin health screenings at age 40.

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