VIRGINIA BEACH -- Bill Holloway is not your typical colonoscopy candidate - he's only 41 years old. But Bill's dad died at age 43 from complications of colon cancer, so preventative screenings were recommended for Bill at a much younger age.

Bill's first screening was in 2008. On Monday, Bill underwent his second routine screening.

A husband and father to two young sons, Bill believes that preventive healthand screening tests are just one way to ensure that he is around as they growup.

'I'm getting screened and staying healthy for my wife and children. Not just my own personal health but to be around for my family, to watch them grow old and to be a part of their life for a long time,' Bill said.

Dr. William G. Rudolph with Sentara Medical Group and Dr. Smith hosted a live chat and answered many questions regarding colonoscopy screening and colon health.

Colon Cancer Facts:

  • Hampton Roads has some of the worst death rates in Virginia for coloncancer
  • Colon cancer is the second leading overall cause of cancer deaths in both menand women in the United States
  • Colon Cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer
  • Both men and women are at equal risk of diagnosis

Click here for more information on colon health from Sentara

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