After working as a firefighter for almost 30 years, Tom Alden, now retired, said he always suspected that a cancer diagnosis would be in his future.
"I've sucked in a lot of smoke over the years," Alden, 58, said. "There's a lot of stuff that's burning in a house that's harmful to you, so I wouldn't be surprised if I got cancer. I just wouldn't."
But nothing prepared him for when he found out that blowing off several routine colonoscopy exams proved to be a life-threatening move.