IBS was diagnosed in a 28-year-old who shed 25 pounds without dieting or exercise. In truth, she had colon cancer.

For months, Ashley Teague, now 30 years old, suffered with unexplained weight loss, diarrhoea, and bloody stools. She said that because she was young and appeared healthy, her doctors had denied her requests for a colonoscopy. She had Lynch syndrome, a genetic disorder that increases the risk of various cancers, in addition to colon cancer. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! Thank you for registering! Ashley Teague lost weight in the spring of 2019, but she wasn’t really concerned about it.

Her close friend had died of a heart attack the year before, and her uncle had been killed while performing his duty. She had also gained some weight.

Teague reasoned that perhaps her weight loss was a sign of better physical and emotional health. Never mind that she hadn’t altered her diet or exercise regimen and was working late shifts as a bouncer.

Teague, whose 6-foot-1 physique had gained roughly 275 pounds at its heaviest, recalled, “I was like, ‘OK cool. I didn’t even notice things like, “Hey your schedule is bad, you barely sleep, you eat like junk,” when they were said.

But a year or so later, Teague, a freelance photographer and mom of two in Indianapolis , began to be concerned. She had lost 25 pounds, experienced a severe and mysterious side pain while working on a Super Bowl shoot, and everything she ate passed through her without any noticeable effect. She might have had it seven times a day.

She claimed, “Deep down, I sensed something wasn’t right.

Teague, now 30 years old, claimed that despite her likely inheritance of Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition linked to an increased risk of several cancers, including colorectal cancer, it took six to seven months of arguing for herself at the doctor’s office before she was allowed to have a colonoscopy.

Teague discovered she had a baseball-sized tumor in her intestines after finally having the operation. She told her story to inspire individuals to stand up for themselves and to increase awareness of Lynch syndrome, colon cancer in young people, and rising colon cancer rates.

Listen to your body because it will give you clues before it shuts down, Teague said.

She was first informed by doctors that she appeared healthy and likely had IBS. Teague claims that the nurse practitioner treated her for irritable bowel syndrome when she initially visited to the doctor and prescribed medication for her weight loss, pain, and diarrhea. Teague returned a month later with the same list of symptoms in addition to bloody stools.

Her request for a colonoscopy was turned down, however, because her blood test came back normal and the nurse commented that she “looked healthy.” According to Teague, the nurse informed her that “we do not give colonoscopies to individuals under the age of 48.”

Teague claimed that she informed the team of her mum’s Lynch syndrome at subsequent doctor’s appointments. Her mom is a kidney and breast cancer survivor. According to MD Anderson Cancer Center , Teague had a 50% chance of acquiring the mutation, which increases a woman’s lifetime risk of colon cancer from 40% to 60%.

However, she claimed that doctors didn’t test her for the ailment and instead simply advised her to “lay off spicy food” and alter her diet because a CT scan hadn’t revealed any issues.

Teague wasn’t quickly scheduled for a colonoscopy until she revealed to her doctors that her father had recently had malignant polyps removed from his colon. All of a sudden, Teague recalled, “everyone was running, saying, “We’ve got to get you scheduled, we’ve got to get you scheduled.

Teague recalled how her world abruptly halted when she realized that the operation in December 2020 had in fact detected cancer. It was silent and chilly; I didn’t hear anything.

A silver lining emerged when Tegue discovered that she had Lynch Syndrome. More than 4.5 feet of Teague’s 5-foot colon were surgically removed, and the remainder was combined with her small intestine.

In addition, the surgeon advised genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, which Teague discovered she has. According to estimates, roughly 1 in 300 people globally have the disorder, but Dr. Matthew Yurgelun, head of the Lynch Syndrome Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, told Insider that the condition is likely “woefully underdiagnosed.”

He stated that although “a multitude of technologies are available that can be incredibly helpful at lowering cancer,” “we need to know that that extra risk exists in the first place” for persons with Lynch syndrome.

People with Lynch syndrome often start colon cancer screenings in their 20s and repeat them every year or two, according to Yale Medicine .

Teague believes that more, if not all, of her colon may have been spared from cancer if she had been examined six years earlier, at the time her mother was given the all-clear. Without it, she can only eat one or two meals a day, she regularly needs to use the restroom, and she typically only has loose stools. But she said, “Any day, I’ll prefer that than having to change a colostomy bag.”

In a way, Teague is also grateful that she has Lynch syndrome because it often leads to earlier cancer diagnosis, even in cases where the patient is unaware they have Lynch syndrome, according to Yurgelun.

Due to the size of the tumor, Teague’s surgeon first believed it to be stage 4 cancer. Teague, however, claimed she later found out it was stage 2.

Teague claimed, “Something that should have killed me didn’t because I have Lynch syndrome,” adding that the cancer had been present in her body for more than a year.

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