Harry Smith To Get Colonoscopy Live On CBS 'Early Show'

05/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

From the Associated Press

NEW YORK — "The Early Show" co-anchor Harry Smith is scheduled to have a colonoscopy Wednesday, with live reports planned as he undergoes the procedure at a New York hospital.

CBS says it will be the first time an anchor has had a colonoscopy live on network television.

"CBS Evening News" anchor Katie Couric plans to be with Smith as he prepares for the procedure.

Smith and Couric are recognizing National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Couric has been an advocate for early cancer screenings since her husband, TV legal analyst Jay Monahan, died of colon cancer 12 years ago. He was 42.

Taped reports of Couric's colonoscopy aired in 2000.

"The Early Show" airs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Eastern.

Peter Yarrow appeared on the "Early Show" Tuesday morning with a song he wrote, The Colonscopy Song, after doctors found a polyp on his colon.


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