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Mayo Clinic live streams colonoscopy to de-mystify the process

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Mayo Clinic wants everyone to know just how important colonoscopies are, and Tuesday, they live streamed a colonoscopy procedure for the first time.

Lee Aase is the director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network, and he was Tuesday morning's patient.

Aase said as Mayo was discussing social media plans for 2016, he got a reminder that it was time for his colonoscopy. He thought live streaming the procedure might help to de-mystify the process.

As the process was carried out on Periscope Tuesday morning, doctors explained what was happening, step-by-step and took questions from viewers.

"Is there a greater risk for colon cancer in men or women? Really, a risk over lifetime is about the same. Colon cancer affects both men and women. There was a myth at first that colon cancer was a man's disease. Depending on the age of the individual, the risks might be slightly higher. Might be slightly higher for men than for women. But overall the risk of colon cancer for an individual is about 5 percent over a lifetime," said Dr. Paul Limburg.

Mayo Clinic said about 50,000 Americans die from colorectal cancer each year. The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center is involved in ongoing research for better prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

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