I didn't respond to this post the first 3 times I ran across it. But I decided that I would be remiss if I failed to speak up. You see, I know way more about colon cancer than I ever wanted to know. Three years ago, my wife went to her doctor for a routine checkup. He said, "You're 53 years old, and you've never had a colonoscopy. I'm making you an appointment." I won't go into all the gory details, but she had Stage 3 Colon Cancer. She had surgery, followed by 6 months of chemotherapy. Two years of clear tests, then we found the colon cancer had moved to the lining of her abdomen. In this location, surgery isn't effective, and chemotherapy only adds more time on chemotherapy. She is now in the last few months of life at 56 years of age.
I said all this to make this one point: Colon cancer is VERY slow growing. That's why most of us can get by with a colonoscopy every 10 years starting at age 50. But that slow-growing aspect also makes it very hard to treat effectively once it has escaped the colon. I don't blame my wife for her fate . . . I was 3 years late getting my own colonoscopy. None of us look forward to it. But I'll always wonder how different things might be if we had caught her cancer 3 years earlier.
Don't put it off . . . Get you colonoscopies on time!
“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain