At age 51, my doctor recommended that I get a colonoscopy. After being diagnosed with a colon cancer tumor at 53, I now get a colonoscopy every two years. Catching this cancer early can save your life and the rewards for getting screened are many.
Linn County, Oregon
I got screened at age 65 as part of an annual check-up. During the colonoscopy they found one polyp and removed it. The tests showed that it was benign. I go back for a follow-up in ten years. In the meantime, I’m trying to get more fiber in my diet, and I’m encouraging others to see their doctors and get screened too. It’s painless, it’s easy to do, and it can help with the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer. You’ll be glad you did it–for yourself and your family.
Being a health insurance consultant, I know the value of early detection and knew this screening was as important as any I’d ever done. My first test, at age 51, revealed quite a few precancerous polyps, which were removed. I’m thankful that I got screened and discovered my symptoms early on. The one thing you can’t buy back is your health, so take charge of it as best you can.
Me hice la prueba y ahora quiero compartir mi experiencia
Tenía problemas de colon irritable. Me hicieron un análisis de laboratorio que detecta el cáncer. Esta experiencia fue muy positiva, los médicos y enfermeras me dieron mucha confianza y quede tranquilo. Ahora les digo a todos mis amigos y familiares que se hagan la prueba, les podría salvar la vida.
Basilio Sandoval, Eugene
Your life does not belong to just you, it also belongs to people that love you and want and need you in their lives. You have a responsibility to yourself and to the people that love you, to take care of yourself.
Diana Drews Medford, Oregon
I encourage people to stay engaged in their own health and be advocates for those who can’t advocate for themselves. We might all be there one day so step up to the plate now.
Dee Anne Everson, Ashland, Oregon
I know of several people who have had colorectal cancer, two who had cancer found during a regular screening procedure. They are alive today because their cancer was found early.
Leslee OBrien, Merlin, Oregon
For those who put this off at age 50 when it is recommended you are gambling with your health and future life longevity. If not for yourself, do it for your loved ones who want and need you around for a long healthy life.
Dep. Chief William Landis Grants Pass, Oregon
My father died from metastatic colon cancer at an early age. We miss him very much. Knowing that his death was preventable strengthens my resolve to encourage and educate others.
Mardel Chinburg, Eugene, Oregon
Prevention! Prevention! Prevention! I often believe that people look at this type of issue as an “older” person issue, but it isn’t!
Jennifer Susi Medford, Oregon