Since March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, each year I make a point of talking with patients and friends about the disease. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and it is mostly preventable.  This year, I was asked to post a video of a patient who wants to share his story in the hopes of saving another’s life.

Below is the story of his battle with colon cancer, filmed by his 17 year old son. Although colon cancer is a serious issue, the good news is that it usually can be prevented by having a colonoscopy performed by a board certified Gastroenterologist.

Indications for scheduling a colonoscopy are:
1)    As a screening exam for colon cancer in any person age 50 or older
2)    As a screening exam for anyone with a family history of colon cancer or polyps, beginning at age 40 or younger
3)    A change in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or change in stool caliber)
4)    Chronic abdominal pain
5)    Rectal bleeding
6)    Anemia (low blood count)

Although Matt’s story is scary and sobering to watch, he wants his message heard to let people know colon cancer is preventable if detected early.  Colon cancer can be cured in over 94% of the cases if treated early, and can be avoided all together with regular colonoscopies.

I want to thank Matt for putting his testimonial out for others, in order to educate and hopefully prevent future cases of colon cancer.  If you or someone you know meets any of the criteria listed above please have them talk with their doctor.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this website is not intended to take the place of your personal physician’s advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you.  All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical condition