Tragic loss spurs plans for colon cancer test

Getting a colonoscopy is usually a discrete occurrence in one’s health history.

But for some very personal reasons, Rep. Steve Holland of Tupelo is letting the public know he plans to have the colon cancer screening Monday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Holland, 54, who is also Public Health Committee chairman, lost a brother to colon cancer last year.

Since then his other brothers, who’ve all had the screening, and his mother have been on his case to have one, too.

“I’ve really been sort of chicken about it all to tell the truth,” he said. “But the time has come. My brother Don’s death really said, ‘Hey, Go!’ ”