Don’t Be Embarrassed: We’re Talking About Colorectal Cancer

By Joyann Kroser, M.D.

None of us likes being embarrassed. We care what people think about us; we want them to have a good opinion of us. Sometimes, we want them to think we don’t deal with human issues… that we’re above such mundane – and maybe uncomfortable – things.

And that’s the problem with colorectal cancer. Nobody wants to talk about it because it’s an uncomfortable subject. You’re squirming already, aren’t you? Well, tough, because we’re going to talk about it, and we’re going to talk about the test that can save your life—which seems like something that’s worth talking honestly about.

Especially since March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. However, if discovered early on, 80 to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer could potentially return to normal health. This also means that about 60 percent of deaths caused by colon cancer could have been avoided!

Since the risk for colon cancer increases with age— more than 90 percent of cases occur in those 50 and older— doctors recommend a variety of frequent screenings to detect precancerous polyps or early stages of colon cancer. The most important of these tests is a colonoscopy. Nobody likes talking about colonoscopy – it’s an uncomfortable, embarrassing subject – but it could save your life.

Prepping for a colonoscopy is the most arduous aspect of the test for most people. You’ll need to go on a clear liquid diet for a time before hand, and possibly take a solution that will help to clean out your colon. Usually this is a 24-hour process. It probably won’t be the best 24 hours of your life, but it’s worth it.

The test itself can be uncomfortable, but you’ll be sedated during it. The entire process is not too difficult, it’s the thought of a colonoscopy that seems to make people squeamish.

We understand that it can be embarrassing, but you simply have to get over it, have the test, and possibly, save your life. Having a colonoscopy gives you either the opportunity to prevent the onset of colon cancer completely, or dramatically increase your odds of overcoming the disease.

Embarrassment is not worth dying for.

Call 1-877-254-7441 or visit Crozer-Keystone.org to schedule your colonoscopy today.

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