"Ramon was my cousin's father. He passed away in November 2008. He was diagnosed with colon cancer (stage IV) in 2006. He had a tumor the size of a grapefruit in his intestines, he got a resection where part of his intestines was removed. He developed lesions and the cancer metastasized to his liver and spread to his lungs.
The doctor told my cousin that if her dad had been screened a year earlier his chance of survival and prognosis would have had a better outcome in his survival rate and ability to battle his cancer.
Yes, I do see working at Clinical Genomics as somewhat of a mission to stop colorectal cancer because of my experience in my family. Seeing someone dearly go through something so painful and deteriorating was very sad. If something can be done to help someone not go through such an experience is something, I enjoy being a part of.
Letting people know the importance of screening and how early detection is vital to prolonging their life and health when such diagnosis is given."