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WHC volunteer advocates for preventative exams

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WHC volunteer advocates for preventative exams

May 07, 2024

Colon cancer is the second-most common cancer among men and women in the United States. Yet, it remains one of the most treatable cancers. Screening is important, especially for those with a family history of colon problems. 

Jo Dietz, of Plainfield, is one of those with a family history of colon diseases. Because of this, she is sure to follow a strict preventative screening schedule. Recently, Jo had her fourth colonoscopy done at Waverly Health Center (WHC), performed by Dr. Melissa Garrett, general surgeon at WHC with Cedar Valley Medical Specialists. 

Jo has been a volunteer in the surgery complex at WHC since 2017. She has witnessed patient care from both sides – as a volunteer and as a patient herself. 

“Everyone in the surgery complex provides fantastic care,” Jo said. “They make patients feel very comfortable and at ease.” 

Although it can be somewhat inconvenient, Jo says the preparation for a colonoscopy is relatively simple. “The earlier you can check on something, the better off you’ll be,” she said. 

“It’s important to get screened,” said Dr. Garrett. “If caught early, colorectal cancer is highly treatable. A very important part of maintaining colon health is to eat a well-balanced, high-fiber diet with many fruits and vegetables.” 

Talk with your primary care provider about your risks and when to schedule a colonoscopy. To learn more about services offered at WHC’s General Surgery Clinic, click here.