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Time to get a Colonoscopy
In 2002 at age 53 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Colon cancer is a disease that doesn't present symptoms until it's too late. I was fortunate in that I had an intermittent strange pain in my stomach. It happened a few times and I thought I was getting an ulcer. After having an Endoscopy which didn't show anything, my doctor sent me for a Colonoscopy. The result was finding a lemon size tumor and they wouldn't let me leave the hospital, scheduling me for surgery the next day. I'm still here because the tumor was removed early enough.
At the time I was active on a few forums and I made some posts about the experience. Two people contacted me to let me know they had tumors which had been found in time. And after I put up a web page about it, someone called me because he had been diagnosed with inoperable colon cancer and just wanted someone to talk to who understood.
I'm writing about this now because there is a renewed interest. Recently Dr Oz had a series on getting a Colonoscopy and one of the prime time sitcoms had a Colonoscopy theme last week. I was contacted by a company doing some background work for the Dr Oz show to interview me on Zoom about my experience because I had created a page on my web site titled "A Colonoscopy Saved My Life".
Bottom line is that if you're over 45/50 and have never gotten one, get a Colonoscopy because it could save your life.