After sister's death, anchor gets colonoscopy

After sister's death, anchor gets colonoscopy, raises awareness

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - At 41, Cleveland 19 anchor Lydia Esparra's sister Memby was going along with her life, married with two kids. She never knew a ticking time bomb was getting ready to explode inside her colon.

About 15 months later she died from colon cancer.  She never had a symptom.

From the first moment of her diagnosis she had to encourage Lydia and her seven other siblings to get colonoscopies. It's that time now.

Dr. Michael Valente, a colorectal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic performed the procedure.

"The point of the examination is to find precancerous legions called polyps and remove those at the time of the procedure," Dr. Valente said.

I have had four colonoscopies, and in the past they have found precancerous polyps.

The whole procedure takes about 15 minutes.

Only one non-cancerous polyp is found. I head to recover while a little emotional knowing my sister Memby's death can save some lives.

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