Hi, my name is Ali Gilmore and I have no family history of colon cancer, so why did I just spend the past few years of my life fighting and beating stage IV colon cancer? Say it isn’t so~ It is so. Was I adopted? I’m the youngest of seven and I look more and more like my mother with every passing year, so no. This leaves us with “You can get colorectal cancer” even if you don’t have any family history of it.”
Then again, your cousin who is really into researching family histories might come across evidence that your grandfather (your mother’s father) who died when she was a child of what they thought were natural causes, actually died of colon cancer. The point would be that even though you don’t think there’s a history of colon cancer in your family, there may very well be. As in my case, I can now definitely say with confidence that I was not adopted and that I take after my mother’s side of the family when it comes to cancer…
What are the warning signs of colorectal cancer?
- Blood in or on your stool (bowel movement).
- Persistent stomach pain, aches, cramps, or bloating that won’t seem go away.
- Losing weight and you don’t know why.
- Extreme fatigue
By the time you notice these, you are already well into it. The best way to detect colorectal cancer in it’s early stages (before you notice it) is with a colonoscopy.