Okay, so this can probably be classified as a TMI post. But I think it's really important...especially after what happened to me last Wednesday.
We have a family history of colon cancer (maternal & paternal grandmothers). With a history, some recent bleeding episodes & the diagnosis of my bosses niece, 43 yrs. old (colon cancer spread to her lungs & now 4th stage liver cancer, without any symptoms other than a stomach ache), I scheduled a colonoscopy (see symptoms here). It is actually my 2nd one...had one when I was 38.
I was dreading the prep, the stuff you drink to "clean you out" makes me really nauseous. That's actually the worst part because they put you to sleep for the actual procedure. Luckily, I made it through without losing it this time (drank it a little slower than recommended).
I woke up to hear that they removed 4 polyps (3 small & 1 medium). I guess because I was kind of out of it, I started to cry a little, not normal for me, (I just didn't see that coming). The doctor came in & said two of the polyps were pre-cancerous. He was pretty happy about finding them because they were flat & hard to see. I was really stressed, but grateful I did it.
I got home, climbed in bed & turned on t.v. There was Dr. Oz talking about his colonoscopy...what are the odds? He had a pre-cancerous polyp removed too (about 20% of the people his age have them, which puts my odds even lower-lucky me!) He explained everything in detail & said how important it is for people to get checked.
Watch Procedure of Dr. OZ
I will receive my final results as to the exact type of cancer it was in 2 weeks.
I wanted to share this because I feel it's really important for EVERYONE to get checked (recomended age: 50 yrs. old w/o family history...40 yrs. old w/ family history).
It's not the most pleasant thing...but my life was just saved!