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A LifeSaving Pitch
Cindy Burner's first routine colonoscopy
saved her life and prompted a crusade
to save others BY KELLY CASEY

"I

t's a day in your life!"
This is what Cindy Burner
tells family, friends and
co-workers who may be
reluctant to get a routine screening
for colorectal cancer. Most of us
know this procedure as a colonoscopy.
Burner calls it her lifesaver.
When she turned 50, Burner scheduled a routine colonoscopy at her
community hospital near her home
in Woodstock, Virginia. She had no
family history of colon cancer and
no symptoms.
The colonoscopy detected a mass
in her colon. She was referred to UVA
Health System, where experts discovered she had stage 3 cancer that had
started in her appendix and spread
to her colon. UVA colorectal surgeon
Charles Friel, MD, removed 12 inches of
her colon, her appendix and 19 lymph

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nodes. "He was on a quest to make
sure he got all of it," Burner says. She
spent two days in the hospital, and
within a week, her "plumbing," as
Burner calls it, was back to normal.
She has been cancer-free and on
a crusade for two years now. She
knows at least four people who got
their colonoscopies after hearing
her story. Burner shares: "I have a
dear friend who lost her husband to
stage 4 colon cancer when he was in
his early 60s. He made his wife promise to do her screening colonoscopies
after he died, but my friend never
went. She finally went after I was
diagnosed. I have another friend who
went for the first time when she was
64. She had a cancerous polyp, and it
was removed.
"I'm just so glad that something good
came out of something terrible." n

APPOINTMENTS

Get Inspired
and Get Your
Colonoscopy
About 1 in 3 adults between
50 and 75 years old-about
23 million people-are not
getting tested for colon cancer
as recommended. If you've
reached 50 or have a family
history of colon cancer, talk to
your doctor about scheduling
a screening today. To make
an appointment at UVA, go
to uvahealth.com/colon
screen or call 434-922-0165.


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