Find information to share
Here is helpful information you can share with friends, family members and coworkers about the importance of getting screened. Tell them about your experience and encourage them to get screened too.
In conversations, consider sharing:
- Everyone over the age of 50 (45 for African Americans) should be screened for colorectal cancer even if they don’t have a family history or symptoms.
- Screening lets your doctor find and remove polyps before they turn cancerous, or catch cancer at an early stage when it’s highly treatable.
- Most insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of screening with no co-pays or deductibles. Even without insurance, there are low cost, reliable options.
- Talk to your doctor about the one that is right for you. Make and keep your appointment to be screened.
- Then, do what I’m doing: tell someone else.
Your story could save a life.
Last fall, my doctor suggested I undergo a colonoscopy. It’s typically first recommended when a person hits 50, which was my case. I had a colonoscopy in March, which seems fitting since March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. I decided to tell my story so others would get screened as well.
Colonoscopies aren’t something people usually discuss and many people tend to put it off because they’re unsure what it entails. Sending a long snakelike device through my backside never seemed very appealing to me, either.
I’m glad I went and had the procedure done. The peace of mind knowing there aren’t any potential problems down there is worth it. If you’re older than 50 or have a family history or are showing symptoms of colorectal cancer, you should consider it, too.
John Sowell – Roseburg