A woman from Avon, Ohio, claims to have been diagnosed with colon cancer just six months after giving birth to her daughter. Now, she urges others to get tested sooner.
Clarissa Sobolewski, 41, had rectal bleeding soon after giving birth to her third child, Isabella, last year, reported Fox 8. Although she would have been informed that it was normal – hemorrhoids can occur after childbirth in women – Sobolewski said that she knew something was wrong.
"God encouraged me to talk about polyps because my parents had 50 to 50. And the doctors said, we do not really test anything before 50," she said.
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Sobolewski finally underwent a colonoscopy, although she was a few years younger than the currently recommended age of 45 from the American Cancer Society.
She was then informed that she was suffering from stage 1 colon cancer.
"Everyone has already lived their [lives] with me, but my daughter was the only one who did not do it. So, my pain really came with it, "Sobolewski told the news channel.
Fortunately for Sobolewski, however, his cancer was easily treatable. The polyps found in her colon could be removed and she did not need chemotherapy.
Signs of colon cancer usually include rectal bleeding, as Sobolewski feels, weakness or fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and "persistent abdominal discomfort," among other signs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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Although the majority of people diagnosed with this type of cancer are typically 50 years old or older, a 2017 study published in the National Cancer Institute's Journal found that colon cancer and rectal cancer "occur at an increasing rate in young and middle-aged adults. in the United States, "according to the American Cancer Society, which led the study. In response, the company lowered the recommended age of 50 to 45 years for colorectal cancer screening.
As for Sobolewski, she now encourages others to get tested, even if it's earlier than recommended.
"It comes down to that, you know, it's a bit like you feel like you have to get tested or you're going to ignore your feelings," she added.