Day 343: Scope for hope

I wear a similar bracelet in memory of a dear friend who bravely fought the disease.

I wear a similar bracelet in memory of a dear friend who bravely, but unsuccessfully, fought the disease. This post is for her.

My good deed today is to share something with you that I never dreamed I’d ever mention on the World Wide Web! But, here goes: I’m having a routine colonoscopy test done today.

I’ll spare you the details — trust me, that is really my good deed today — but I will encourage you to find out from your doctor if you’re a candidate for a scope. By getting this test, colorectal cancers and pre-cancerous tumours can be detected early enough to possibly save lives … maybe our own.

Gotta go … (pun intended)….

Just the facts

  • This year an estimated 22,000 Canadians (12,100 men – 9,900 women) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 9,100 (4,900 men – 4,200 women) will die from it.
  • On average, 413 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every week and 171 will die from the disease weekly.
  • One in 14 men is expected to develop colorectal cancer during his lifetime and one in 27 will die from it. One in 15 women is expected to develop colorectal cancer during her lifetime and one in 31 will die from it. On average, 423 Canadians will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer every week.
  • On average, 175 Canadians will die of colorectal cancer every week.
  • Overall, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in Canada.

    P.S. I wasn’t planning on including a song today — the topic being so serious and all — but a wonderful friend (who knew I was a little nervous about the test) sent this link to me for support, knowing it’s one of my faves. It worked! Enjoy!

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2 responses to “Day 343: Scope for hope

  1. refnaf

    (((((hug))))) You are so brave.

  2. Good for you, GDAD!!!

    It’s almost like going to confession, eh? But it gives you more than a clear conscience. :o)

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