It’s time to talk about colorectal health

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Colorectal health – probably something you don’t talk about very often or, not at all.

But, we need to because March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Meet Thomas Hall: He lives with Colorectal Cancer.

“If I would’ve waited thinking it was just a stomach problem, I wouldn’t be here talking to you now,” Hall said.

Dr. Chandra Reddy, Oncologist and Hematologist, treats Hall and News 10 joined him for a check-up.

Hall is one of several patients living here in the Wabash valley with Colorectal Cancer. His fight started when he noticed changes.

“If you feel like something is wrong, or you feel there is something inside you that doesn’t feel right,” Hall explained. “That’s what made me do it.. because I felt a ball in my side and I knew it wasn’t suppose to be there.”

Early detection is the key. The earlier you identify a problem, the better your chances of squashing it.

“We need to be aware of our body and our habits in our day-to-day life,” Reddy said. “Then, if there is anything abnormal, we need to seek medical attention immediately.”

Lots of colorectal screenings take place at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.

In fact, when it comes to colonoscopies, Regional Hospital averages roughly 20 to 25 a day. And those numbers have jumped significantly in the last 10 years.

It is simple, done as outpatient and you’ll know what is happening in the colon with immediate results and critical health information.

Plus, due to sedation, colonoscopies are virtually pain-free.

“For many, the prep is more trying than the actual test.  How do I know this?  We’ll, one year ago I underwent my initial colonoscopy right here at Terre Haute Regional Hospital,” said Susan Dinkel, News 10. “Family history and symptoms led to my screening and at the age of 39 it saved my life.”

Fear and embarrassment? Throw those feelings out the door because if we want to wipe-out colorectal cancer, we need to talk about it!

For more information in regards to Colorectal Cancer and ways to screen for It, check out these additional websites: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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