If You’re An Elder Millennial…It Might Be Time to Book Your Colonoscopy
Currently, the CDC and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend that adults aged 45 to 75 be screened for colorectal cancer. At the time of my colonoscopy, the recommended age was still 50. I was only 37. I remember waking up in the recovery room and the first words my gastroenterologist said to me. “I’m really glad you did this,” she said.
“I removed 3 polyps and two of them looked suspicious.” Those polyps turned out to be adenomas – a type of polyp that had I waited another 10 or 15 year years to get a colonoscopy, had a high chance of developing into colon cancer.
My husband was there when the doctor explained the results to me. She told me I would need to get screened in another 3 years – which happens to be this year, in 2022. My hope is that when I return this year that I will have no polyps, but even if I do, knowing that I am doing all I can to take care of myself so I can continue to be there for my family brings me comfort.