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Dr. Oz Has a Colonoscopy and a Colon Cancer Scare (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 8th 2010 6:10AM
Dr. Oz Has a Cancer Scare, Learns That He Risked DeathOn the premiere of 'The Dr. Oz Show' (weekdays, syndicated), the doctor is forced to become the patient. Health expert Mehmet Oz is a master of helping others with their problems. But now, the doctor discovers that he's at a high risk of getting cancer. In fact, had it not been for his own show, Dr. Oz could have easily died.

For the benefit of his viewers, Oz filmed a routine colonoscopy over the course of this summer, while his series was on hiatus. Dr. Oz underwent this procedure purely to educate his audience about it. He never suspected that something might be wrong with him. But after seeing Dr. Jon LaPook, Mehmet learned that he had a precancerous growth inside his body.

The new show reveals this fact to the world -- and reveals the great danger that Dr. Oz was in. Oz has the growth (or "polyp") removed. But it's only by random chance that he was saved from the risk of cancer. In an interview, Oz refers to his escape as "dumb luck" -- were it not for his TV series, he might have put off having a colonoscopy for another five years. And during this amount of time, his polyp could have quite easily turned into actual cancer.

Dr. LaPook tells Oz that the polyp was "silently growing," Following his time with LaPook, Dr. Oz seems quite shaken. He calls his wife immediately to let her know that he's okay. He isn't out of the woods yet, though. Mehmet will have to return in three months for a follow-up, and then be screened regularly after that, to make sure the problem doesn't return.

It just goes to show that even doctors can take their good health for granted. Dr. Oz has had his life shaken up by this event. It's important to be proactive in dealing with this disease, so if you need more information on cancer screening, please go here. You don't want to make the same type of mistake that Dr. Oz nearly made.

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Rosano Callao

A polyp is a growth of tissue projecting from a mucous membrane. Polyps in the colon are typically are harmless; but, sometimes these polyps have the potential to become cancerous over time.

October 05 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I myself am!! not a WHIMP but they put me OUT Do not be negative about Dr.OZ he has saved people by being open & honest alerting us to facts we never would have even inq. about until he made us aware of. this I hope will encourage MEN to take the same steps & possibly SAVE THEIR life!!!!!

September 09 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 08 2010 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz Hembree

Dr. OZ, You have sent a message for all who need to have this procedure for everyone over 50 years old.
I myself have the same dx. and need to have a colonscopy every 3 years. You will be OK, keep up your teaching for all of us who want to take care of ourselves. From one Morrocan to another.

September 08 2010 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark Cohen

Dr. Oz is a glory-grabbing, potion-pushing, media-whorish clown. Seriously, I think he started out with good intentions in his early appearances on Oprah, but he's just ridiculous now.

The fact that he preaches health so much and puts others down (sometimes unintentionally) on his sideshow of a television program...well it's ironically fitting that this has happened.

Sounds like they got it out and he'll be fine, which is great, but I'm sure he'll use this opportunity to hawk more holistic potions and spout more nonsense. I don't wish the guy ill, but he really irks me.

September 08 2010 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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