Happy birthday to me? Yep, just turned 50, which means it is time to make that dreaded age 50 medical appointment.
Recommendations from the American Cancer Society for colon screening……..
Starting at age 50, both men and women should follow one of these testing plans:
Tests that find polyps and cancer
Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years*, or
Colonoscopy every 10 years, or
Double-contrast barium enema every 5 years*, or
CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years*
I know, a colonoscopy is literally a pain in the ass. But it is a minimal pain, compared to what you could go through if you don’t undergo colon screening and develop colon/rectal cancer.
Reasons why people don’t want to get a colonoscopy: colon prep for 1 day, clear liquid diet and having to miss a day of work. Embarrassing procedure.
Reasons to prevent a colo-rectal cancer: missed work, multiple colon preps for scopes/surgery, clear liquid diet, multiple embarrassing procedures, major surgery with post-operative complications/recovery, need of colostomy bag (sometimes indefinite), possible need for chemotherapy/radiation therapy. REPEAT colonoscopies for surveillance, at a rate much more frequently than every 5-10 years which is was you were trying to avoid.
So, for my Coronado H.S. Class of 85, NAPS Class of 1986, and my shipmates in the USNA class of 1990, please undergo one day of physical/mental discomfort to prevent an easily detectable cancer with screening.