Gary Barg: You were dealing with
your father and his colorectal
cancer at an early age, and you’ve
been active in getting people to
think about preventing that disease.
Are they listening to you?
Mills: Well, I think they are
listening more and more. From what I
understand, the colonoscopy
procedure is being done a lot more
now. Maybe I’ve had something to do
with it, but certainly Katie Couric
has had a lot to do with motivating
people, because her husband died of
colorectal cancer. People also know
that the polyps which are
pre-cancerous can be removed and
then you’ll never get the cancer, so
it’s a preventative thing to do,
too. I’ve had this procedure done,
and it’s nothing. They put you out
under a light anesthetic, and it
doesn’t hurt. They’ve made great
strides in what they can do for you
now. My father had it many years
ago, and he had to have a critical
operation to remove a large portion
of his intestines. He had a long
life after that, but it was a major
GB: Were you involved
at all with caregiving for him?
DM: I was young—around 12. But I do
remember he was laid up for quite a
while. He was in the hospital for a
long time and then at home in bed
for a while afterwards. My mother
cared for him; it was difficult to
do, but they were both grateful that
the doctors had removed all the
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