Free tests mark National Colonoscopy Screening Day

University Hospitals treats uninsured

CLEVELAND - Free colonoscopies were provided by University Hospitals of Cleveland as part of the observance of National Colonoscopy Screening Day.

Allen Beason, 45,  of Euclid was one of the 20 people chosen to receive the free tests.

Beason told NewsChannel5 he is working to improve his overall health after being diagnosed with diabetes. He said he has lost more than 100 pounds in the last year.

Current medical guidelines say everyone should be screened for colorectal cancer at age 50. African Americans can be screened earlier because of the unexplained earlier onset of colon cancer in their population. Those individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer should also seek early screening.

Beason allowed a NewsChannel5 camera to be present at his screening, which lasted about 30 minutes from start to finish.

"I was told they want to look inside and see of there are any polyps or problems -- my first time, so I'm kind of nervous though," said Beason before he was moderately sedated for the procedure.

Afterwards, Beason was told that everything looked normal and no polyps were discovered.

Beason told NewsChannel5 the worst part of the experience was not the actual screening, but the preparation which is done the day before.

"I had two different powders, mixed together, shake it up then drink it -- and what it does is it cleans your inside out, and boy, it cleans you out," Beason said, with a laugh. "Your toilet is your best friend for a couple hours."

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