January 6, 2014
By Warren Silberman
I am sure you have all been reading the great articles by my associate and friend, Dr. Jonathan Sackier. You should then know how important it is to get regular colon cancer screenings when you reach the age of 50.
Third-class airman Bubba Joe Snuffy happened to have a family history of colon cancer in his Aunt Beatrice. He was very much into taking care of himself, since he loved flying so much and wanted to maximize his time in the cockpit. So he got regular check-ups and made sure that he obtained all the recommended preventive tests that his physicians recommended. When he turned 50, he got a colonoscopy, which is a test where a specialist inserts a flexible black tube that has a camera on the end into your rectum, usually under an intravenous anesthetic, and passes this "scope" through your entire colon to look for tumors.
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Schuyler "Sky" King, a law enforcement officer from Grover, Ariz., was seeing a urologist pretty regularly. He required a second class medical certificate for his job.
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