Been screened? Your story can save a life.
If you’ve been screened, you already know this. But, here’s something you might not know…
Research found that people are most likely to get screened if they’re encouraged by someone they know and trust.
A spouse or partner.
A friend or coworker.
Their employer or doctor.
So, please talk about your experience with people you know and encourage them to get screened too. Consider sharing this information in your conversations.
Your story can save a life.
When I was 38 years old, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Today, I am undergoing treatments and anticipating an upcoming surgery. At the age of 36, my brother went in for a colonoscopy and had precancerous polyps removed. I knew colon cancer was in my family, but I had no idea it would affect me, especially at such a young age.
If you have colon cancer in the family, and have not had your colonoscopy, do not wait for the suggested age of 50 to get screened. Be conscious of any intestinal or bowel abnormality that you might have, such as blood or mucous in the stool, and go get checked immediately. Screening can help catch it early when it is still highly treatable.
Michelle Dennis – Portland