How Early Colorectal Screening Changed One South Shore Man’s Life

Jim Sheehan of the South Shore Shares his Cancer Story

“I probably would have been gone in two years…it’s called the silent killer for a reason.”

Jim Sheehan never expected to receive a cancer diagnosis at the young age of 54.

As a South Shore resident and family man, he now serves as an advocate to his friends, family, and coworkers for early cancer screenings - especially colonoscopies.

Jim had no family history of colon cancer, which is part of the reason why he waited longer than advised to get his first colonoscopy.

However, after noticing some unusual symptoms, he scheduled an appointment; shortly thereafter, he received his cancer diagnosis.

His one piece of advice is to never pass up a colonoscopy.

“Don’t cancel your appointment,” he said. “Make your appointment and keep your appointment.”

Watch the rest of Jim’s story below:

It is time to normalize the conversation around getting a colonoscopy.

According to the American Cancer Association, colorectal cancer is among the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men and women.

Getting screened early is the best way to ensure the best outcome. Talk to your primary care provider to find out the right time for you to get screened.

If you need treatment, world-leading cancer care is available close to home at the Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital.