Colonoscopys

English: Poster promoting early diagnosis and ...

English: Poster promoting early diagnosis and treatment for cancer, showing a rooster crowing at sunrise. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In case you weren’t aware, March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Despite being the 2nd leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States, this cancer isn’t talked about too much.

Many people, like myself, are trying to change that. Screening for colorectal cancer, i.e. a colonoscopy, should begin when you turn 50 – earlier if you have symptoms and/or a family history of colorectal cancer.

Although the prep isn’t a ton of fun, the scope itself is like taking a short nap – you feel nothing.

For a good description of the process, GoogleDave Barry – colonoscopy” – for a great write-up he did on his colonoscopy a few years back.

Symptoms for this disease can be very obvious, very subtle or in most cases –no symptoms at all. It affects men and women equally.

Colonoscopy’s save lives. One simple procedure can save your life.

 I knew my colon cancer risk. My father passed away from colon cancer at 43. For me it took lots of talk from many family members and having my insurance deductible met.

The doctor found lots of polyps. I had symptoms, did not follow through with the doctor and   ended up with stage 3 colon cancer.

  This disease can be beat – but in order to beat it, you need to find out if it’s lurking inside you first. So please take a look at your own situation and determine when (not if) you need to schedule your own colonoscopy.

Do it for yourself, your friends and your family.

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7 Comments

    • Good morning Heather. My father passed away in the early 70’s. We had not heard of Cowden’s Syndrome back then. If you are interested in my symptoms others might be interested as well so that should be my next blog post? The quick answer is check out the American Cancer’s website, colon cancer symptoms. Looking back I had just about all of them.

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