Treat Yourself to A Colonscopy

Posted on March 14th, 2012, by iMinerva

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You’ve worked hard to live a good life. You’ve taken care of yourself, tried to watch your diet, exercise, drink water, and take your vitamins. But have you had your colonscopy lately?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. claiming 50,000 folks every year. Those of us who are over 50 represent 90% of the cases. The good news is that if detected early, colorectal cancer is curable. The bad news is, there often aren’t any significant symptoms to suggest a life-threatening problem. Even worse, folks are reluctant to have a colonscopy (the best tool for early detection and prevention) allowing unseen polyps to grow and become cancerous.

Sadly, I lost a very dear friend who, a few weeks before her daughter’s wedding, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Her loss is with me every day.

Sure the glop you drink is nasty and you spend an evening sitting on the commode. Small sacrifice for an extended lifetime of weddings, new babies, spring flowers, and other magical moments.

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. So get on the phone and schedule your exam.

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