Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer
deaths in the country.
and it's also one of the most preventable.
This month, during Colon Cancer Awareness Month, doctors
and survivors are spreading the word about the importance
of colon cancer screenings.
News 8's Leah Linscheid joins us in the studio with
If colon cancer is caught early on, doctors say treatment
is successful in nearly 90 percent of cases.
They're stressing the importance of getting a colonoscopy
at age 50, and every 10 years after that.
One Sparta woman says that colon screening is what
saved her life, and hopefully many more lives to come.
A lot of fruit, vegetables, whole grains...
Cindy Thesing's official title for the Sparta School
District is 'Nutrition Services Supervisor.'
I write all the menus for the district, I procure
all the food.
There you go...
But to those who know her story, she's also a survivor.
I got that phone call here, he said, 'I'm so sorry,
you have cancer.
The surgeon will be calling, and, good luck.'
That fated phone call came for Cindy four years ago,
when doctors diagnosed her with stage three colon
I had no family history, I had no symptoms.
That's a familiar story for colon cancer victims.
There are often no telltale signs of the disease -
which is what makes screening so important.
People don't need to be afraid, people don't need
to be scared.
It's easy, and life saving.
Cindy had her first colonoscopy at age 50, as doctors
recommend for both men and women.
Days later, she underwent surgery to remove her cancerous
You just move forward.
I had swift, quick medical care and followed what
the doctor said and went with our treatment plan,
and here I am, four years later, a survivor.
Are you looking for pizza?
You can have potatoes with the wrap, you bet.
But for the thousands of peope across the country
who are at risk of colon cancer this year, Cindy's
story of survival is one she hopes they learn from.
My story is going to be somebody else's story, and
it's so important for people to get screened for colon
Cindy has been cancer-free for four years now, but
she's waiting to reach that crucial milestone of *five*
years before she's considered in remission.
Cindy gets a colonoscopy every three years to ensure
she has a clean bill of health, and she says after
hearing her story, several of her own doctors were
inspired to get colonoscopies themselves.