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No, it wasn’t I who got ‘burnt’. I have had two real colonoscopies in the last 10-years, both luckily ‘negative’ — i.e., “you don’t need one for another 10-years“. Yes, my two were ten years apart — the last this April.
This was my 78-year old neighbor ‘Bill’. He has had a number of health issues. Earlier in the Spring they found that he was quite badly anemic. So, they suspected that he had to be bleeding internally, somewhere. Though he hadn’t had a proper colonoscopy in 15-years his doctors (who is not very good) decided to go the ‘Cologuard’ approach. Bill was glad of that because he didn’t have to undergo a real colonoscopy.
The results came back. Said he was FINE. He and his wife were cokahoop. Well, it wasn’t anything to do with his colon. THE TEST said he was fine.
A couple of months later when he complained of pain around his waist they did a CAT-scan. That showed widespread cancer in the lungs and lymph nodes. He had been complaining of a dry cough for months. And this was the first time they looked at his lungs. And you wonder why I do not trust any U.S. doctors ….
Now, given his widespread lung cancer they decide to do a proper colonoscopy.
Strange that. Cologuard had said he was A-OK. So, why a colonoscopy now.
Well, you know where this is going.
They discovered a cancerous mass about the size of a golf ball and widespread cancer.
Last month they removed 14″ of his colon.
He has Stage IV colon cancer. He is going to go on chemotherapy. They have even told him that he might have just 6-months left.
6-months left! That is after Cologuard told him, 7-months ago that he did NOT have colon issues.
That is disturbing.
So, when I happened to see a Cologuard commercial on TV this afternoon I had to share this with you.
Cologuard would NOT have prevented Bill’s cancer. But, if he had taken a proper colonoscopy rather than Cologuard they could have had at least a 7-month head start on his treatment.
Yes, it is the doctor’s fault. But, Cologuard did say NOTHING. Nada. And that is when his colon was riddled with cancer.