An Avon, Ohio woman says she was diagnosed with colon cancer just six months after she gave birth to her daughter. Now, she's urging others to get screened early.
Clarissa Sobolewski, 41, experienced a rectal bleeding not long after she gave birth to her third child, Isabella, last year, Fox 8 reported. Though she was reportedly informed that it was normal – hemorrhoids could occur in women after giving birth – Sobolewski said she knew something was wrong.
"I was moved by God to talk about polyps because my parents had polyps at 50. And Doctors were like, we really do not test for that until 50, "she said.
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Eventually, Sobolewski underwent a colonoscopy ̵
She was later informed that she had stage 1 colon cancer.
"Everybody already lived their [lives] with me, but my daughter was the only one who did not. So my pain really came with her, "Sobolewski told the news station of her diagnosis.
Thankfully for Sobolewski, however, her cancer was easily treatable. The polyps found in her colon could be removed and she did not require chemotherapy
Signs of colon cancer typically include rectal bleeding, assobolewski experienced, weakness or fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and "persistent abdominal discomfort," among other signs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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Though the majority of people diagnosed with this type of cancer are typically 50 or older, a 2017 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found That colon cancer and rectal cancer are "occurring at an increasing rate among young and middle-aged adults in the US," according to the American Cancer Society, which led the study. In response, so Ciety lowered its recommended age for a colorectal cancer screening from 50 to 45.
As for Sobolewski, she's now encouraging others to get tested – even if it's earlier than recommended.
"It comes down to that, you know , it's like you feel like you need to get tested for something or you're gonna ignore your feeling, "she added.