BENEFITING FROM THE
I participated in the colorectal cancer screening program
a;er learning about the importance of screening at
a community center in my neighborhood. I had a
precancerous polyp removed during my colon test
[colonoscopy] and have bene;ted directly from this
I moved from the Dominican Republic in October 2011,
just a;er I ;nished treatment for prostate cancer. Not long
a;er I had been here, some doctors and nurses came to the
community center in our neighborhood and talked about
how everyone should have a test to look for colorectal
cancer at age 50. ;ey also gave out some pamphlets about
the test and how we could get the test done if we were age
50 or older.
I hadn’t known about having to get this test before I heard
the doctors and nurses talk. A;er my prostate cancer
diagnosis in early 2011, which was successfully treated with
35 rounds of radiotherapy, I had decided to look a;er my
health and eat right. So, when I heard about the colon test
I decided to make an appointment for it to safeguard my
During the test the doctors removed a polyp from my colon
and they said that there might be something on the wall of
my colon too. I thought I was going to have an operation
a few months later but the doctors told me I didn’t have
colorectal cancer and that I didn’t need an operation.
Instead, they told me to come and have another colon test
a;er a year.
I will be going for another colon test in October. I already
have the list of things that I need to buy and things that I
need to do to prepare for the test.
;e doctors also told me what to eat to keep my colon
healthy. I like to eat vegetables and ;sh. It is very important
that you keep yourself healthy and eat right.
;rough the program I was looked a;er very well. It is
not so easy to get good medical care in the Dominican
Republic and I am very thankful for the very good medical
care I received here.