March is colon cancer awareness month. That may not seem like a big deal, but it may save your life. 53 million people who are at risk for the curable disease have never been screened, which is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. To help raise awareness and encourage us to get screened Katie Couric took Jimmy Kimmel to get a colonoscopy. It seemed like an unusual request, but one Kimmel obliged.
“You’re about to watch a camera go where no camera has gone before,” he said mildly. He was nervous, like most of us would be, which is why people don’t get the procedure done. But The whole video shows that it is not so bad.
Couric’s husband died from colon cancer at the age of 42 in 1998. In response to that tragedy and as a way to encourage others to get the procedure, Couric televised her colonoscopy. “I have a responsibility to tell people about this test because it is the second leading cancer killer of men and women combined. 50,000 people die a year and they don’t have to. If it is caught it can be completely cured on the spot.”
Her passion to raise awareness and prevent unnecessary deaths led her to ask Kimmel to air his colonoscopy, which was funnier than it had any right to be.
I never wanted to know that Kimmel had a “shiny” colon or a “fluffy” small intestine, but here we are. This is the internet: what happens here lives forever and you can never forget it.