Not everyone is eager to have colonoscopies or heart tests done to assess if there might be underlying issues they should be dealing with. In fact, according to Gothenburg Health, it is possible to die from diseases like colon cancer if you’re embarrassed about getting a colonoscopy done. In addition to feeling anxiety and fear over the scope procedure itself, people may be embarrassed about having a colonoscope inserted through their rectum. “Colon cancer screenings can find colon cancer early when it is most treatable or, in many cases, prevent cancer from developing. And yet, too many people still don’t get screened. As a result, colorectal cancer remains the second most common cause of cancer-related death in both men and women,” explained University Hospitals gastroenterologist, Dr. Chris Pluskota.
There is also the idea that getting screened for medical problems might make you look dramatic, at least according to some research done by Pink Hope (via Her Heart). According to Dr. Linda Worrall-Carter of Her Heart, it is not uncommon for people to die because of this, especially when it has to do with heart health. There are warning signs of a heart attack you should never ignore — like pressure in the chest, pain through your arm, shoulders, and neck, and nausea.