I am not a medical/health/emotional/financial /nutrition or any other kind of expert as far as it concerns the contents of this blog, therefore anything written on the blog is not to be taken as any kind of advice, and should you choose to rely on anything I write on this blog- you are doing it at your own risk and at your own responsibility.
My dear coworker and friend passed away a month ago at the age of 40, leaving behing4 young kids and a broken-hearted husband.
She died of colon cancer, and one of her last wishes was that everybody she knew goes and checks themselves for possible signs of colon cancer- meaning- as far as I understand – doing a blood occult screen test -or if you have a family history of colon cancer or polyps -undergoing the dreaded colonoscopy.
If you are young and think- oh- that’s for old people- I am writing this post in loving memory of my friend, who discovered she had colon cancer before she turned 39 and battled it in every possible way for a year until her body surrendered.
So, sure, it’s disgusting, and the test itself is even more disgusting. but the alternative is so much worst.
The occult blood screen test is not definitive- its a statistical survey- meaning a negative result doesn’t necessarily mean you can relax- but a positive result can mean the difference between catching this wretched thing in time- and not.
I linked an article about the early signs of colon cancer:
The friggin occult blood screen consists of taking a sample of your stool and sending it to a lab that checks for invisible blood remnants.
this means you. need .to. take. a . sample. of. your. stool.
Told you- disgusting, but there’s a tube and a small brush, no need to dig into it. and you can put on gloves. even 4.
Since turning 50 I take this test every year, but had I known about it before- I would have done it earlier. because it takes 5 minutes, and it can save lives.
Again- if you happen to have a family history of this type of cancer or a doctor’s recommendation- you’ll need to go through the much worst test- the colonoscopy- which I haven’t done but I know people who have- and to say the least -it’s not pleasant.
But! on the bright side- they all said they lost a few pounds and felt like “wiping the slate clean and starting over”- so that’s a positive.
Please take care of your health- that’s one of the most important assets you’ll ever have.