Let me start at the beginning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: “Regular screening, beginning at age 50, is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.” Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Most colon cancer begins as pre-cancerous polyps. If caught early, they can be removed prior to forming into cancer. Hmmmm? If you had a weird growth on your arm that would likely become cancerous, wouldn’t you have it removed before it got that far?
So I turned 50 on a Saturday. Not a big deal. But I know the recommendations on colorectal screening. How could I not with Dr. Yamini Teegala, medical director of the Rocking Horse Community Health Center, always reminding me that March is colorectal cancer screening month! So I scheduled an appointment to see Dr. Gabbard in March to set up my screening. We met a few weeks ago in his office and scheduled the procedure on the Monday following the big 5-0. He explained the procedure and, more importantly, the prep (my part of the whole thing) and it did not sound too bad. So I was committed. After a day of liquid diet and some “time around the house,” I was ready to get the procedure done the next morning so I could eat real food again. Not that I was starving — I could miss a few meals and survive.