I don't want to bum anyone out, but I feel this is important. My cousin, is only 50, and was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer last year. He has fought long and hard, but I'm afraid his fight is almost over. The cancer has spread to his abdomen, liver, lymph nodes, etc., despite 62 rounds of Chemo. They have stopped treatment since he is no longer responding. When he was first diagnosed they told him he likely had cancer for 10 years, but no symptoms. Since his diagnosis, many of our family members have went for colonoscopies, and several people had large polyups removed that could have turned into cancer. Dr's say you don't need this test until your 50, we'll they're wrong. If you have any famliy history, or are having any abnormal bowl habits, please go get checked out. He will leave behind a large loving family, including a teenager. This cancer is beatable, but is must be caught in time. Just adding my 2 cents on his behalf, wishing everyone and there families well.
i am so sorry to hear about your cousin and want to commend you for telling your story to bring awarness. I think the tought of getting a colonoscopy for a lot of people can be scary or the topic just might be too embarrasing or taboo. I had one last year and it was no big deal, my doctor and nurse had my laughing the whole time. *Listen to the message! Get your colonosocopys!*
(They give you a print out of snaphots of your colon, so if that dosen't get you into the doctor i don't know what will )
The hardest years are those between 10 and 70. -- Helen Hayes