According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. But when caught early, it’s very treatable. The experts at the Saint Elizabeth Cancer Institute are here to support you physically, emotionally, and spiritually throughout your entire cancer journey—so you can fight back and win.
Take Larry’s Advice: Get a Colonoscopy
Larry the Cable Guy (Dan Whitney) recently turned 50. Following his doctor’s recommendation (and his wife’s encouragement), he scheduled a routine colonoscopy at Saint Elizabeth.
Colorectal cancer screening is an important part of prevention and early detection. Many people have no symptoms of colorectal cancer, which is why routine screenings are so important. Colorectal cancer is highly treatable when found early. Screening tests can find colorectal growths, or polyps, so they can be removed before they become cancerous.
Larry wants to remind you to talk with your physician about which screening test might be right for you. And if you have a family history of colon cancer, he encourages you to start the discussion even earlier.
Larry had a colonoscopy for his wife and kids. “It’s important. It’s your life,” he said. “Everyone has a family member who loves them.” Many people are fearful of a colonoscopy. But Larry shared, “It’s nothing. I make jokes about it, but it isn’t that bad. You have to do preventive care. If you don’t do it, one day you’ll wish you had.”
Learn more about the importance and process of a colonoscopy from Larry’s gastroenterologist, Dr. Matthew Hrnicek.