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article imageDr. Oz's colon cancer scare

By KJ Mullins     Sep 2, 2010 in Health
Dr. Mehmet Oz underwent a routine colonoscopy, a cancer screening test as part of his show. That test found a polyp that in time could have become cancerous. The show will be aired during the first week of this season.
The series returns with Oz's own screening.
The adenomatous polyp was found by Dr. Jon LaPook, gastroenterologist and chief medical correspondent for CBS News during the test. Oz did not have any risk factors or family history for colon cancer.
"The only thing holding me back from a terrible outcome is the dumb luck that I checked myself out for the show. I would have put this off, like a lot of people. But I bet this saved my life,” Oz, 50, tells People magazine.
The television doctor will now have regular colonscopies to monitor his colon and make sure that other growths have not formed, according to a press release.
A colonoscopy can play a critical role in detecting and preventing colon cancer.
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