Colonoscopy best way to prevent colon cancer

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Posted: April 1, 2013

The Winchester Star

Dr. Richard Nemec of Winchester Gastroenterology Associates holds in his hands the end of the 5-foot scope he uses when performing a colorectal cancer exam. The camera on the end shows the inside of his hand for this demonstration, but during a colonoscopy Nemec can see the inside of a colon quite clearly, he said. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
Dr. Richard Nemec with his staff in his office in Medical Office Building 2 on the campus of Winchester Medical Center. Wearing T-shirts marking March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month are back row (from left): Stacey Ritenour of Fort Valley, transcriptionist; Dottie Spencer of Capon Bridge, W.Va., pre-operation specialist; Karen Sulser of Winchester, insurance specialist; Janet Ray of Winchester, receptionist; Rachel Knupp of Winchester, scheduling specialist. Front row (from left): Amanda Shade of Inwood, W.Va., scheduler; Sharon Jenkins of Stephens City, coder; Michelle McDonald of Winchester, manager; Dr. Richard Nemec of Winchester; Elizabeth Skinner of Winchester, medical records associate; Jamie VanMeter of Winchester, clinical specialist; Robin Jenkins of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., clinical specialist.

Winchester — For years, Dr. Richard Nemec listened to his patients complain about colonoscopies and the unpleasant bowel prep work required the night before.

Then he turned 50 — the age recommend…

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