Any Idea What Colonoscopy Is? This Can Save Your Life

Doctor talking to patient in doctor's office

Having a colonoscopy is not what many Latinos have in mind for priority.

But this can also save your life.

Armida Flores is a trained community health worker at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Armida spends her days helping Latinos confront cancers and illness.

In a new study, they found that only 28 percent of U.S. Latinos have had colon cancer screening, compared to 36 percent of African-Americans and 44 percent of whites.

Armida began to worry about her own health and decided to schedule a colonoscopy, which can help identify colon cancer.

“I was a little bit nervous about it but, to my surprise, the procedure was not too bad,I was asleep, so I did not feel any pain or discomfort, ” Armida stated.

She urges Latinos not to put themselves at risk just because of fear.

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