Cynthia Bledsoe let her 50th birthday pass without getting the colonoscopy recommended for adults her age. Like many people, she was wary of the procedure that checks for colorectal cancer, and she avoided having it done for nearly four years.
Then last year, she asked her physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital if she could try a "virtual" colonoscopy, which is less invasive than the standard procedure to detect polyps that can lead to colon cancer.
"It was easy and it was painless," said Bledsoe, now 54 and living in White Hall. "As soon as it was over I became an advocate. As much as I dreaded it, it was a positive experience."