Miss Cleo’s shocking death at the young age of 53 has us all wondering if anything could have been done to save her life. HollywoodLife.com reached out to a top doctor to discuss how colon cancer can be prevented and why the famous psychic could have possibly been saved.
Legendary call-in psychic Miss Cleo, whose real name was Youree Dell Harris, passed away on July 26 in Palm Beach City Country, FL. after battling colon cancer that spread to her lungs and liver. Hollywoodlife.com spoke with Dr. Bruce Lee, M.D. who explained how the famous TV personality’s death may have been prevented. “Miss Cleo’s death may have been prevented had she had a colonoscopy. Colon cancer may be cured if it is detected early enough. If it is detected in the early stages, the segment of the colon containing the cancer can be removed. This is a major surgery, but people do well with it,” Dr. Lee told us EXCLUSIVELY.
“If the cancer is not detected early enough, it will eventually spread which is what happened to Miss Cleo. It’s very common for the colon cancer to spread to the liver and the lungs. Once it has spread, it may not be curable,” Dr. Lee explained. “It is not rare for someone at the age of 53 to develop colon cancer. In women colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer. The most common type of cancer is breast cancer followed by lung cancer.”
What can people do to protect themselves? “Since colon cancer is so common, it is recommended that all men and women have a procedure called a colonoscopy at age 50 to screen for the presence of cancerous lesions inside the colon,” Dr. Lee said. “If it’s normal, you do the colonoscopy 10 years later, and so on. Colon cancer can be treated successfully if detected early enough, that is why its vital to get colonoscopies.”
So what is exactly is a colonoscopy? According to Dr. Lee, a colonoscopy is a simple procedure performed by a gastroenterologist who inserts a scope into the colon and examines the interior of the colon. “If any suspicious areas are seen, a sample of the tissue is removed and examined under a microscope,” said Lee. “Polyps of the colon can be removed during a colonoscopy as they may be cancerous or precancerous.”
Dr. Lee urges young people to know their family’s background when it comes to colon cancer. “If you have a family history of colon cancer, than you should start getting a colonoscopy by the age of 40.”
HollywoodLifers, are YOU surprised that Miss Cleo’s colon cancer may have been preventable? Our prayers and thoughts continue to go out to Miss Cleo and her family and loved ones.