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“Cologuard Saved My Life,” With Dot O’Shea
Lee: Hi, Dot, welcome to the show, thank you so much for joining me. How are you?
Dot O’Shea: I am well, Lee, thank you for having me.
Lee: I feel like I’m talking to a TV star.
Dot O’Shea: Oh, shucks. I’m blushing.
Lee: So, for those, I think a lot of people who are listening once we make the connection, they’ll go oh, so for those who are very involved in the colon cancer community, how long ago was the NBC news story?
Dot O’Shea: Two months, I think.
Lee: Yeah, I was going to say two, three months ago. So, we knew that NBC Nightly News was going to be doing a story on Cologuard, and I made a point of stopping what I was doing to watch it, and then when you and I got introduced, and I saw the clip, I’m like, I remember her. She was the start of that story. So, tell us, first off, your backstory and how this all came to be. How you came to be diagnosed with stage one colon cancer
Dot O’Shea: Alright, so last August, I turned fifty. When I went for my physical to my general practitioner in September, she told me I needed to go for a colonoscopy, because hey, what’s better to do when you turn fifty than go for a colonoscopy. I was resistant, and I had seen a pamphlet for something called Cologuard in the waiting room. I asked her if I could do that instead and she said no, you need to go for a colonoscopy. Handed me a list of doctors, and I went on my merry way. Well, I’m fifty years old, so that puts me at risk, but I’m also a very active female. I’m very fit, I’m not overweight, I’ve been a vegetarian for 30 years, I quit smoking fifteen years ago, my only risk factor for colon cancer is my age. I decided that you know, maybe if I spoke to one of the gastroenterologists that she had given me the name of, perhaps we could work something else out. Like I said, not going for the colonoscopy, but I have a friend who had been diagnosed with colon cancer in June. He kept pushing me, pushing me, pushing me. So, I went to see a gastroenterologist and asked him about my screening options. I told him flat out that I wasn’t going to do a colonoscopy. He said, well there’s this test, there’s that test, and there’s this new DNA test called Cologuard. I think you’d be a perfect candidate for it, because, you know, you’re at a very low risk of having colon cancer. I think he told me my lifetime risk of getting