I would like to remind everyone that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone over 50 should have a life-saving colonoscopy.
Thousands have died of this insidious disease. Yet 90 percent of colorectal cancers are curable when caught early. I myself was tested at age 50 when non-cancerous polyps were found and removed. If I had not been screened it could have developed into colon cancer.
I am now 66 years old and have been tested every five years. I am due to be screened in April and will not fail to do so. I have known people who have died from this disease, including a young man age 50 who died at age 55 and had two children. He suffered much, as did his family.
I therefore urge all persons, both men and women, who are over 50 to get screened for colorectal cancer.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr..
Glen Oaks Village