The ET host was inspired to undergo the procedure with colorectal surgeon Dr. Zuri Murrell after the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who died from colon cancer earlier this year. Kevin admits he put off the procedure for far too long and hopes sharing the experience will inspire others to take charge of their colon health.
"You don't want to wait until it's too late. You don't want to have that conversation with your family when you are saying, 'We are going in to fight this thing.' You want to get it ahead of time," he says, imploring men, and especially African American men, to get their colons checked out.
Dr. Murrell explains during a colonoscopy doctors are looking for small growths called polyps, which can be removed before they become cancerous. Dr. Murrell is happy to share Kevin did not have any polyps or any abnormalities in his colon.
The colorectal surgeon shares warning signs of a possible colon problem, which include:
- Change in bowel habits
- Rectal bleeding
- Blood mixed in stool
Some steps to take to possibly prevent colon cancer, according to Dr. Murrell:
- Increase your fiber (get 20 to 25 grams each day - learn about our 3 favorite fiber-filled healthy snacks)
- Increase vitamin D (get our list of food high in vitamin D)
- Eat less red meat (find out how to swap meat for plant-based foods)
Kevin adds, "Do it [referring to having a colonoscopy], don't waste any more time... look at your family, and know you want to be here for each other as much as you can... do it to keep yourself healthy.