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, and 49,190 are expected to die in 2016. It is the third leading cause of death. Yet 90 percent of colorectal cancers are curable when caught early.
I was tested at age 50, and non-cancerous polyps were found and removed. But 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 since I just recovered from prostate cancer last year.
I urge everyone, both men and women, to get screened for colorectal cancer.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village