Some folks out there may have gotten somewhat curious about what Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was doing posting selfies from a hospital bed today.
Turns out he was just doing a routine check:
— Tim Burchett (@timburchett) April 2, 2014
… which is to say, the endoscopy (not sure which end) was preventative, he said.
From a text: “Just a checkup. Early detection.”
Burchett is of the age where it’s prudent to go and get checked colon cancer. This from the NIH:
The American College of Gastroenterology recommends screening for colon cancer
•at age 50 for people who are not at increased risk of the disease
•at age 45 for African Americans because they have an increased risk of developing the disease
A gastroenterologist may recommend earlier screening for people with a family history of colon cancer, a personal history of inflammatory bowel disease—a long-lasting disorder that causes irritation and sores in the GI tract—or other risk factors for colon cancer.
Medicare and private insurance companies sometimes change whether and how often they pay for cancer screening tests. People should check with their insurance company to find out how often they can get a screening colonoscopy that their insurance will cover.
Read more about colon cancer at http://www.cancer.gov.
On the note of it being a shameless selfie, having to wear wearing a hospital gown inspires shame in most anyone I know. If only all politicians could run unopposed.