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Are you up-to-date? Penn State Health colorectal screening survey gains national attention

Bobbie Mann of Lebanon, Pa., smiles with her arm around Dr. Thomas McGarrity, a gastroenterologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She has blonde hair and is wearing a sweatshirt. Dr. McGarrity is wearing a white lab coat with the Medical Center logo on the right and his name and “Gastroenterology & Hepatology” on the left. They are standing in front of a colonoscope and three monitors.

Bobbie Mann of Lebanon, Pa., right, has been getting an annual colonoscopy from Dr. Thomas McGarrity since 2008.

By Carolyn Kimmel

Life could look a lot different for Mike Hamonko than it does, thanks to a screening colonoscopy that many people turning 50—the recommended age for average-risk screening—dread and often postpone.

Lucky for him, the Harrisburg-area resident didn’t attach any particular aversion to the procedure—or the colon-cleansing process the night before—so he scheduled it right away.

“The prep was annoying, but annoying isn’t that bad, considering they can catch something as bad as cancer,” said Hamonko, whose primary care physician recommended the screening test.

He awoke from the procedure to the surprising news that he had a precancerous tumor.

“Mike’s case shows the importance of the family doctor making the screening recommendation and the patient following up,” said Dr. Thomas McGarrity, gastroenterologist at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. “Mike had no symptoms and no family history of colon cancer.” (more…)

March 6, 2019 at 10:37 am Leave a comment


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