BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Club Fit instructor Danielle Clark discusses her experience with early detection and how it saved her life from cancer.
We’ve all heard it, we’ve all read it. “Early detection saves lives.” So, why do so many of us ignore this advice?
According to The American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third leading cause of cancer deaths. The majority of these deaths could be prevented with the use of screening tests. Yet, currently, only about half of people 50 years or older receive colorectal cancer testing.
Maybe if you heard it from someone who has lived it, someone you know in your own community, you will not ignore the words, “early detection saves lives.”
At 45 years old, I saw a substantial amount of bright red blood after using the bathroom. It only happened once, but this was not normal and I felt I needed to see my doctor.
A few days later, I saw my general practitioner. He said it could be a few different things, none of them serious, but he felt it was his responsibility to send me for a colonoscopy because the blood I saw was not normal and in a few years I would be going for a test any way.
When I awoke from the colonoscopy, I was told a mass was found in my large intestine and that this type of tumor was cancerous about 90 percent of the time. But, the tumor was found early and if it was indeed malignant, it was not only treatable, but curable.
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