It's the end of March, the last day of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. One of the instructions from my Oncologist last week was to go see my gynecologist and to go get a mammogram and a bone density test before I see him again in June. So, today I had an appointment with the gynecologist. This has never been one of my favorite days of the year, but I can say with utmost certainty that it does not seem nearly so bad now after all my appointments with the colorectal surgeon!
The interesting thing today was the shock on the faces of the nurse and the doctor as we discussed the last ten months of my life. They were both surprised that I have no family history of colorectal cancer, surprised that it was found, and surprised that I am so young. Of course I gave them the same advice that I have been giving to all of you: Go get screened. Don't assume everything is fine. Don't wait until you have symptoms. Cancer is not just a disease of "old" people.
I have been amazed at how many people who actually have a family history of colorectal cancer, or other forms of cancer, who haven't been screened for cancer due to fear - afraid to find out if they have it too. It is so important to catch cancer early so that you have the very best chance to beat the disease. Please don't let fear stop you from getting screened. It could save your life! Call your doctor today!
One last video in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, hope you enjoy it!
Lou Rawls Colonoscopy Exam