One day, Anthony’s doctor asked that he be screened for colorectal cancer. At Anthony’s age, it’s smart to be screened for diseases like colorectal cancer, especially if you have a family history or are at risk. So Anthony decided to get the screening.
“A screening for colorectal cancer is a very simple test,” said Anthony. “There’s no pain involved. It’s better to do the colonoscopy now and not have to worry later.”
Anthony’s results came back normal, and his mind was put at ease. He knew colorectal cancer can start with no symptoms. That’s why he wanted to get the screening.
“I just think it’s a must-do test when you get older. There’s a lot of that type of illness, especially on reservations.”
Since his screening, Anthony has become an advocate for colorectal cancer screenings. He continues to make his health a priority and regularly sees his doctor for checkups—something he encourages others to do as well.
“You don’t know what’s going on inside. We just hope we’re okay, and that’s not the way to be.”
If you or someone you know is over age 50 or at risk for colorectal cancer, call today for a screening. The older you get, the more your risk increases.
And if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of colorectal cancer—bloody stool, stomach pain that doesn’t go away, cramps or weight loss —call your health care provider right away.
You can reduce your risk of getting cancer by making healthy choices. Exercise regularly. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Keep a high-fiber and low-fat diet. Maintain a healthy weight. And limit tobacco and alcohol use.