When we asked our patients why they come to Washington Gastroenterology to have their colon cancer screening procedure, we got a variety of responses. Some were heartwarming personal stories, some were about heartbreaking loss; each and every response reinforced our mission of improving the quality of life and longevity of our patients and our communities. Here is what a few folks had to say:
"I turned 50! And my mom's side has a history, so [it] made this a priority!"
"After a good friend died at a young age of colo-rectal cancer, I am diligent about screening."
"My brother had colon cancer. They were able to cure him."
"My daughter is a pain in the butt." (we see what you did there!)
"Got sober to better my health. This is one more step."
"My mother died at 58 years old of colon cancer. I promised her I would get regular checkups. This is my 7th since I was 50 years old."
"Turned 50 and my primary said today needed to happen. Younger sister has polyps. Besides had to go first before husband (he is scared :))."
Seriously, whether you have to do it to show a loved one that it's not "that bad", or you have a family history, please get screened when it is appropriate for you. Colorectal cancer is the nation's third leading cause of cancer death, and it doesn't have to be.