A: A colonoscopy!
Ok, not way more fun. The crap they make you drink tastes like, well, crap. And paying a stranger to shove a camera up your ass....priceless! (Actually, it has a price, and it's not cheap.) But once you get that first screening over with, it is all worth it to hear this: your colon is healthy.
I won't lie, it's not a fun rite o' passage, and like most people I know, I have no family history of colon cancer. That said, there are some question marks concerning ancestry on my dad's side, and haven't we all have heard of someone who had no symptoms/no family history/no whatever who was diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 cancer? If caught early, colon cancer is very treatable. So you do it. And if the results are good, you don't have to think about doing another screening for 7-to-10 years (that's what my doctor told me). I'm just glad to cross this chore off the list for a long while.
And one important thing I've learned going through this process is this: No matter how hungry I am, I will never be happy to eat jello. I can't believe people eat it on purpose.
Mammogram is scheduled for two weeks from now. Then doctors visits are done for the year. Gotta say, I love having a doctor-free second half of the year. I go because I want to preserve a good quality of life, but honestly, those people who love going to doctors must be sick.