Becky, 61 | Meridianville, AL

I went in for a routine pap and well-woman check. My tests showed I was extremely anemic. My doc said not to worry--just needed more iron. What he didn't seem to think about was that I had had a hysterectomy 3 years earlier so obviously I was bleeding somewhere. Since I was only 48, I was told a colonoscopy wasn't needed because I wasn't old enough. Finally I got someone to listen and had my colonoscopy--Stage III colon cancer. Had a resection and did 6 months of chemo. Now 11 years cancer-free. I knew something was wrong and had to fight the system to get what I needed. My advice to everyone is "listen to your body and don't let anyone else tell you that nothing is wrong. You are your best advocate!"

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