Consider This - Colon Cancer

By Ted Fortenberry - bio | email

In 1984 my father was diagnosed with colon cancer; prior to that diagnosis we had no idea he was even sick. Three years later he lost his battle with the deadly disease. So this month, Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and with a history of the disease in my family I decided it was time for me to have my first colon screening.

This is a very personal topic for most people, in fact my wife on several occasions asked me why I felt I needed to share my procedure with our viewers. My answer was that if going through the process helps to encourage one person to get a check-up – and possibly help save a life – then it is certainly worth sharing my experience. So now you'll know much more about me than you probably ever wanted to know.

Here's what you really need to know. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It's also one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers and more than 90 percent of cases occur in people aged 50 or older. But the key is early detection. It is estimated that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years or older were screened routinely.

Consider This: The procedure is really no big deal and it is extremely important that you have the screening, especially if you are over 50 years of age. The good news is in most cases this cancer can be prevented if detected early. Please speak with your doctor to see if you need to have the procedure. If you don't follow-up we'll be forced to show my procedure over and over, and I don't think any of us want that. Stop coming up with excuses and have your colon checked. If you won't do it for yourself then do it for your family.

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