Dr. Strobos says many people put it off because they don't think there's anything wrong with them. But colon cancer is a silent killer.
"Which means that you will not feel the symptoms even if you have colon cancer," he says.
Some people should be screened at an earlier age, and more frequently. Those include people with a family history of colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, or polyps. A recent study found more people under 55 are being diagnosed with the disease, a trend that Dr. Strobos has also observed.
If you do have cancer, the sooner you find it the better. There are new options for surgery and treatment. Surgeons at Lutheran Medical Center are using new robotic technologies that produce better results, and quick recoveries.
Williams was back to playing sports in six weeks. She's glad to be back on her feet, cancer free, and looking forward to enjoying the rest of her 50's, 60's, 70's and beyond.
"Don’t delay. it’s not going to make anything better by putting it off."