I had a family history of bowel cancer. I was told to have a colonoscopy when I turned 40.
At 39 I developed a lump on my chest. Knowing that men also get breast cancer I decided to have it checked out and my other checks early.
The lump on my breast turned out to be a silly ingrown hair. My colonoscopy showed bowel cancer.
Further tests also showed a kidney cancer. I had two separate primary cancers. About a month prior to my 40th birthday I had surgery that removed one kidney and my ascending colon.
Both cancers where on the verge of breaking out but were contained. If I had waited as first planned, to well after my 40th birthday, I probably would not be alive today.
Post surgery I didn’t need any other treatment besides regular check ups.
I am now about to celebrate my 53rd birthday.