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.
I had my first colonoscopy in my 30s because of my family history. My grandfather had colon cancer; he died after it spread to his liver. When my sister and mother were screened, the doctors removed polyps, and now they’re fine. If the procedure is a little uncomfortable, a little embarrassing, just remember: If colon cancer is detected early, it can be treated and you can go on to live a very long life. We need to drop that guard down and look at the big picture.
Jeff Johnson- juvenile probation officer for Deschutes County, Bend