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Mary Ricardo-Dukelow

Patients & Survivors Stage I Rectal Cancer Hawaii
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Mary's Story

I was scheduled to have my long-overdue colonoscopy and finally scheduled it. I was not symptomatic; however, I had known for a while that I should get this done. When done with colonoscopy, gastroenterologist immediately notified me of findings: a 4cm mass approximately 11cm from the anal verge. Immediately I was scheduled for MRI rectum, as well as CT abdomen and pelvis. No evidence of metastasis. I underwent surgery and found to be stage I. No chemo or radiation needed. I am now recovering, and I am spreading the word to get your screening done. I would like to join this amazing effort to make all aware. I am grateful and thanking God for catching this early but want others to have the opportunity to not have surgery at all with early detection.

Mary's Advice

Please get screened. Surgery and chemo and radiation may be steps that could be avoided altogether if detection is early.

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