Barbara White scheduled her first colonoscopy in March 2020. Later, she realized the appointment conflicted with an out-of-state conference she was planning to attend. She was going to reschedule, but before she could, her conference was cancelled due to COVID-19. She kept her colonoscopy appointment. Barbara was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. She had no symptoms and no family history. A year later, after chemotherapy and radiation she is cancer free. She is encouraging others to schedule appointments missed due to the pandemic and stay up-to-date on their recommended colonoscopies.
Days after Barbara’s appointment, colonoscopy appointment were put on hold. Overall, HealthPartners performed about 25 percent fewer colonoscopies in 2020 compared to 2019. Barbara’s story, which aired recently on KARE 11, is a great reminder for all of us!