The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 2, 2014

Bear the scope


— Would you rather have a colonoscopy or cope with colorectal (colon) cancer?

I am hoping it’s the first one. No one wishes to face cancer, yet so many Americans forgo colon cancer testing, which can prevent the disease. Yes, prevent the disease.

It’s not the most pleasant thing I’ve gone through, but I’d rather sacrifice about a day and a half then think of the alternative. Yes, I’ve had two colonoscopies for other health reasons even though I’m younger than the 50 or over guideline.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. If you are 50 and older, confirm that you’ve been appropriately tested or make an appointment to get tested. If you are younger than 50, but have a family history of colon cancer or polyps (like I do), schedule an appointment to talk with your doctor about testing options.

Between my family’s history of polyps and a colonoscopy saving my dad’s life as it removed a cancerous tumor, I know another colonoscopy is in my near future. And I’m OK with that. As they say, “an ounce of prevention …”

Dawn Spuesens,

Mifflinburg