Cancer Screening: Connie Shirk

Connie Shirk 13Diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012 Treatment team: Franciscan Cancer Center, Northwest Medical Specialties

“I had been putting off a colonoscopy when my doctor insisted I get one. The screening found cancerous polyps so I was scheduled for surgery and had a section of my colon removed. I then had six months of chemotherapy. I previously had a few symptoms that should have warned me, but I rationalized them away. I thought a colonoscopy would be painful, but it’s a breeze. If people like me knew just how easy it was, they might get screened sooner before cancer has a chance to develop. Today I am fortunate to be cancer-free.”