March is National Colorectal Cancer Month: Dr. Jeff D. Scott is On a Mission to Raise Awareness of the Importance of Screenings
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month serves to educate people about these diseases and promote awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening, prevention, and treatment.
To raise awareness of the importance of screenings to prevent deaths from colorectal cancers, Happy Colon Foods has partnered with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance to host an online charity auction on Everything But the House (EBTH.com) from Friday, March 19, 2021 – Sunday, March 28, 2021. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.
We sat down with Jeff D. Scott, MD, Board Certified Gastroenterologist and CEO & Founder of Happy Colon Foods to discuss this topic further and learn more about the importance of screenings, why people should not ignore them, and how Happy Colon Foods is changing the way people prep for colonoscopies in a positive way.
Resident: Why are screenings to colonoscopies so important?
Dr. Scott: Colonoscopies save lives. Up to 40% of people who should have one, don’t and colorectal cancer is now the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US when men and women are combined. Many people don’t realize, but colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that is largely preventable with screening. And now, we are now seeing it affect even younger people.
Resident: Why do so many people put off or not have colonoscopies?
Dr. Scott: Unfortunately, experience and studies show many people delay colonoscopies – not because of the procedure, but because of the prep. People dread the required colon cleansing prep and its unpleasant side effects. Fear should not keep people from getting screened, yet it does. In addition, this past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the rate of patients coming in and having their screenings.
Resident: What is Happy Colon Foods?
Dr. Scott: Happy Colon Foods is the only standardized kit of low-residue comfort foods for use when prepping for a colonoscopy. It’s a completely new method because historically, doctors have only recommended clear liquids when preparing for a colonoscopy. The purpose of this was to alleviate the risk of patients eating the wrong foods, or miscalculating appropriate portion sizes, which can lead to less than optimal test results.
At the direction of a doctor, patients can combine our low-residue comfort foods with tasteless laxatives and use a unique dosing schedule, which allows them to eat normal foods, get rid of bad tasting laxatives, eliminate unwanted side effects such as nausea, cramping and bloating, all while achieving a high-quality prep.
R: What inspired you to create Happy Colon Foods?
Dr. Scott: As a physician, one of our number one rules is “Do No Harm,” which is exactly what I felt I was doing every time I prescribed a harsh colon prep to my patients. Additionally, the medical community tells patients, over and over, to get their colon screening. But I felt if we didn’t fix the biggest hurdle – the prep – nothing was ever going to change.
R: How is Happy Colon Foods changing the way people prepare for colonoscopies?
Dr. Scott: With Happy Colon Foods, patients prep for a colonoscopy by eating small meals and snacks of comfort foods throughout the day, and drink flavored water mixed with tasteless laxatives each time they eat. Eating small amounts of low-residue foods keeps patients comfortable and well hydrated without the unintended side effects that often accompany traditional liquid prep methods. Generally, patients can carry on with a normal day while prepping – even going to work for all, or part of the day.
R: If you can leave our readers with a final message or two about this cause and your mission to raise awareness, what would you say?
I want everyone – no matter your age – to understand that even if you don’t have family history, or any signs or symptoms, you should not put off getting screened!
And no matter what your age is, if you do have GI symptoms, get checked out! Through screening and diagnostic colonoscopies, we CAN SAVE PATIENTS LIVES.
For more information, visit HappyColonFoods.com.