Colorado native Al Prado admits he has a stubborn side. But during a routine physical, his Kaiser Permanente physician Sue Williams, MD, convinced him to mail in his at-home Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) to screen for colon cancer.
Al kept his commitment—and just in time. When the FIT results came back positive, Al agreed to a follow-up colonoscopy. During the procedure, doctors found Stage I colon cancer.
Because Al’s cancer was caught so early, Kaiser Permanente doctors were able to remove the cancer before it impacted his health. “I am so glad that Dr. Williams talked me into sending that little sample in,” Al said. “It’s the simplest thing I’ve ever done.”
According to Dr. Williams, screenings such as the FIT are the key to successfully diagnosing and treating cancer before it progresses. Like Al, many people often don’t show symptoms during the early stages of colon cancer.
“I’m so thankful Kaiser Permanente found that cancer in me,” Al said. “They took care of it all.”