Dr Oz: Colonscopies Save Lives
Dr. Oz’s number one mission when he launched his show was to empower his viewers to take control of their health. In that first year he opened the show’s first free health clinic to provide lifesaving screenings for people in need. That clinic was in Houston, Texas where one in three people were uninsured and desperately in need of medical care.
Dr. Oz put together a team of over 700 medical professionals and volunteers and they saw every person who came to the clinic, treating over 2000 patients in one day. He said that one day changed to course of his show and in its second year, he traveled to Chicago where he set up another mobile medical unit to provide even more people with much needed care.
In the third year, Dr. Oz took his lifesaving clinic to Los Angeles. He said it was one of the nation’s largest free health clinics to date and the powerful images from that day will stay with him forever. With over 4,000 people lined up to receive free medical care, Dr. Oz and his team of over 3,000 care providers treated patients and performed tests and screenings that saved lives.
Dr Oz: Free Physical Exams
This year Dr. Oz is embarking on his biggest mission yet. He and his team of professionals and volunteers created a program to provide free 15-minute physicals, not just in one city this time, but in several across the entire country, from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City.
He said that some of the people who lined up were worried and afraid, so his priority was to look them in the eye and make them believe that he could make a difference in their lives. Many of them had not been to a doctor in years, but after that day they were empowered to take charge of their lives, some of them for the first time in their entire life.
Dr Oz: 15 Minutes Saves a Life
One of the women that Dr. Oz meant in Kansas City was Michelle, age 46. She traveled over three hours to attend his clinic in Kansas City. She has a history of colon cancer and ovarian cancer in her family and she was fearful to have any screenings because she did not want to know what could be happening in her body.
Her Mom warned her that women in her family did not live past the age of 60. Her Mom died at the age of 59. Michelle says that she has had polyps in the past, but did not want to know if there were more, but Dr. Oz pleaded with her to have the necessary steps while sharing his own personal story. He admitted to being afraid as well, but his children are what gave him the courage to have another colonoscopy. Michelle agreed to a full work-up including an ultrasound and a colonoscopy.
Dr. Oz shared the results with her, which ultimately saved her life. Her doctor found several polyps that he removed, but he expressed that within three – five years she would have had colon cancer. Dr. Oz shared some amazing news with Michelle that she is actually now cancer-free. Wow! All because she found the courage to make that trip to Dr. Oz’s free mobile clinic for a 15-minute screening, Michelle can now breathe a little easier because it literally saved her life.
Dr Oz: Colonoscopy Screening Guidelines
- Age 50+: Everyone should get a colonoscopy. Period.
- Age 40: Anyone with a family history should get a colonoscopy.
- Everyone: Repeat the procedure every 10 years unless polyps are found.