Harry Smith Colonoscopy Televised Live with Katie Couric (Video)
Harry Smith Colonoscopy on Live National TV
Harry Smith, The Early Show host, had his own colonoscopy televised live on national TV on Wednesday morning, March 10, 2010. Katie Couric accompanied him during the cancer screening exam.
Ten years ago, Katie Couric televised her own colonoscopy to advocate for the cancer screening exam. Katie Couric lost her husband Jay Monahan in 1998 because of colorectal cancer. He was only 42 years old.
Following Katie Couric's televised colonoscopy, the number of colonoscopies performed increased by 20%. Harry Smith is hoping to "demythify" the colonoscopy procedure.
In a colonoscopy procedure, a doctor would insert a flexible scope into the rectum. The scope has a camera that can spot cancerous symptoms.
- The exam should last at least six minutes. Any faster and the doctor isn’t being sufficiently thorough.
- Men and women at average risk should get the test once every 10 years starting at age 50. People with an increased risk should start earlier and get the test more often.
- In 2009, 146,970 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 49,920 people died from it.
During the televised colonoscopy, weatherman Dave Price tried to make a joke by forecasting a "full moon".
Katie Couric quickly responded, "I heard when they did your colonoscopy they actually found your head. Is that true?"
Dave Price laughed uneasily and said, "Katie, you've silenced me, because anything I say right now would wind up on cable."