On May 2, 2011 I went in to my general Doctor just to check out some issues I was having. I have had blood in my stools probably for 2 or 3 weeks at this point. My initial thought was hemorrhoids but the bleeding would not stop. So off to the Doctor we went just to make sure nothing serious was going on.
My Doctor did a rectal exam and he too thought this was probably hemorrhoids but was not sure. We discussed options and he sent me to a specialist for a colonoscopy. I am 57 and had a colonoscopy when I was 50 and at that time I was told I did not need another one for 10 years. I have been going in for my regular exams which include a rectum exam. The last visit was in August of 2010 and everything was okay.
When we went to see the specialist our thought was that during the colonoscopy they would cauterize the bleeding and everything would be cool.
I had my colonoscopy with an ultra sound on Friday May 6th. Both my wife and I had no clue that we were going to hear something different than I have hemorrhoids and they stopped the bleeding but we were wrong.
In coming out of my test, I woke up to the surgeon looking at me and telling me they found a tumor at the end of my colon and were scheduling me to see a colon cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
I was told they took a biopsy of the tumor and would get back to me and tell me if the tumor was cancerous or not.
They also scheduled another appointment for a CT scan.
Needless to say both my wife and I were more than a little stunned.