DENVER - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

I have a family history of colon cancer, so I knew it was time to schedule a colonoscopy. The prep work worried me, as well as the procedure.

But, I learned the prep work was really no big deal, and the procedure itself was painless.

Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy

My doctor found two polyps during the procedure. One has some early signs of cancer, and I will need to have a second procedure in a few weeks. My doctor tells me, after that, I will be on the three-year plan.

He also says having this done may have saved my life. If I had waited another year or two, the larger polyp could have been a much more serious situation.

I hope everyone will learn that this procedure is really no big deal, and I encourage everyone to talk to their doctor to schedule their colonoscopy.

The Colorado Colorectal Screening line is 1-866-227-7914.

Program Eligibility:
-Age 50 or older (at average risk) or under 50 at increased risk for colorectal cancer (those having a personal or family history of colorectal cancer or adenomatous polyps)
-Uninsured, or have insurance that does not cover ANY cost for endoscopic colorectal screening
-Household income at or below 250% of the federal poverty level
-Lawfully present in Colorado
-Patient in a partnering clinic
-Eligible for a colorectal screening according to American Cancer Society clinical guidelines (see "Screening Guidelines")