Christine Bronstein -a 48-year-old American woman- posted on her networks these images of her recovery after being colon cancer surgery. Detecting a bit of blood on their stool, and although at first he blamed hemorrhoids for the bleeding, he opted to take a home test.
That’s how this self-described “super-healthy” woman found out she had colon cancer, according to Yahoo! News.
Instead of spending her days wondering and thinking, Christine commissioned a colon cancer screening to do on your own House just to be sure (had it done in January).
When the results were ‘positive’ (see what I say at the end of the article), with some anxiety, I sent a text message to his Primary Care doctor to find out what the next steps were.
Nevertheless, he replied that it was not possible, but she insisted that she wanted to confirm the diagnosis. “You do not have cancer”, his doctor told him, adding a smiley face and referring to the effectiveness of the test (specificity rate). He was wrong. Below is the capture that Christine herself saved on her mobile.
Finally, a colonoscopy revealed that he had a tumor in his rectum. A stage 3 colon cancer. In addition, doctors discovered two polyps that may have become cancerous. The plan is to shrink the tumor with chemotherapy and then remove it in June if all goes well surgically.
Christine was the first surprised by the diagnosis, but not the only one. Her husband, the journalist and editor Phil Bronstein (Sharon Stone’s ex) has acknowledged having felt “denial, shock, horror, fear, concern” after your diagnosis.
“I’ve been eating kale since before kale was cool. At 48, I exercise regularly, avoid sugar, and don’t drink alcohol.” Therefore, remember that although healthy habits help, they are not a guarantee for life. And he emphasizes that it is important to have check-ups and go to the medical check-ups that we have, as well as consult a doctor in case of any irregularity or change important.
Although the press has published his story in outlets such as Today , she herself has wanted to share everything first-hand through her networks. With her testimony, Christine not only highlights the importance of self-care but also seeks to make people aware so that they speak openly about all the symptoms and intestinal discomfort you have, and thus end the taboos.
“There is a lot of stigma around talking about colorectal cancer”, bill. “People don’t feel comfortable talking about anuses, butts, rectums or poo… making people more comfortable talking about their butts and guts could save lives.”
Besides, she doesn’t blame her primary care doctor for that smiley face text message that dismissed her concerns about cancer. She believes that she meant well and probably I didn’t know that this cancer was increasing so fast in younger adults.
“I am very lucky to have taken the test when I did it,” recognizes Bronstein, who warns of the danger: “This ‘thing’ really brings people down in their prime… I think the problem with why cancer is becoming the number one killer of younger people is denial of its symptoms. Doctors just don’t know, so they won’t detect it until it’s already metastasized.”
Christine currently lives in Kula, Hawaii, and is receiving chemotherapy. Despite all his message is positive and by sharing his story he not only wants to take the iron out of the disease (can be cured in 90 percent of cases if detected early) but demonstrates the importance of self-care, of recognizing the symptoms of colon cancer in order to catch it early, and of being a proactive patient.
The system used in Spain for its detection is very similar to that of the United States, since patients receive a kit, either at their health center or at home, which usually includes a container (tube), a small spatula, gloves and an envelope for save sample. In some cases it can also include a paper to deposit the feces.
“This is an effective program that uses the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) as a diagnostic test. a simple, painless, non-invasive test that can be done at home and can save lives. Prevention is currently the best treatment for colon cancer.” assures Luis Miguel de la Fuente, president of EuropeColon Spain.
The main symptoms include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and anemia (low red blood cell count). Risk factors include obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, a diet rich in red and processed meats, older age, and a family history of the disease.
However, as experts warn, although the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is an early detection test for colon cancer in Spain, In no case does it replace the colonoscopy or any other complementary test requested by the medical staff.
In addition, it is important to clarify that the test It is not a diagnosis of cancer, but it shows the existence of blood in the stool, which may be due to benign pathologies (hemorrhoids, polyps…), premalignant (certain types of polyps, dysplasias…) or malignant (cancer).
Therefore, a positive TSHO is an indication, but it is necessary to complete the study with other diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy.
In Spain, around 43,581 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year, being the second cancer in frequency in women and men after breast and prostate cancer respectively. For this reason, from the Spanish Foundation of the Digestive System (FEAD) they recall the importance of prevention and early detection to achieve greater survival. It can be cured in 90 percent of cases if detected early.
Participate in the Screening Program of each Autonomous Community if you are over 50 years old, it is the fastest and most effective way to detect tumors and reduce risks. As we are telling you, the main screening tests are fecal occult blood screening and colonoscopy. This second is done only if the fecal occult blood test is positive. It is the most effective measure to reduce the incidence and mortality of colon cancer both in terms of cost, efficacy and the quality of life it provides to patients.
Scientific evidence has shown that the early detection, through screening programs, reduces short-term mortality between 30 and 35 percent, which, in Spain, would be equivalent to saving some 4,000 lives each year. Furthermore, it has been shown a increased survival at 5 years 23.4 percent in people participating in screening programs.
Having good dietary habits and a healthy lifestyle, which consists of following a low-fat diet, rich in vegetables, fruits, calcium and vitamin D, reducing red meat, and avoiding being overweight, not smoking, exercising and moderate alcohol intake), are other crucial measures that help prevent colorectal cancer.
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