Reasons to Be Excited for Your Colonoscopy

If the health benefits aren’t enough to get you jazzed up for a colorectal screening, consider these less well-known perks.

Cartoon of a man getting a colonoscopy. The doctor says “Wait, weren’t you and your butt just in here last week?”

I turned 50 at the end of 2019. Needless to say, there are tons of great things about turning a half century old, like sweet AARP discounts, less hair to coif, people cutting you slack for nodding off in the middle of conversations, etc. But here’s a very underrated thing about turning 50: Colonoscopies! Seriously.

You probably know that getting a colonoscopy when you are my age has many health benefits, like increasing your odds of being around to see future seasons of the Great British Baking Show. But when I got my first colonoscopy this year I discovered there are oodles of other lesser-known upsides. So, if you’re due for one and aren’t exactly whistling a happy tune thinking about it, consider these other perks of the process:

As you can tell, I really enjoyed my first colonoscopic experience. In fact, I liked it so much I may have another one soon, this time not for business but pleasure. Anyway, enjoy your ‘scoping!

Cartoonist. Former Dave Letterman joke writer. Yinzer. Dad of two girls (one a T1Der). Beer drinker. Pizza lover. He/him.

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