By Mia De Graaf Health Editor For Dailymail.com and Dailymail.com Reporter
Published: 16:16 GMT, 1 March 2019 | Updated: 16:16 GMT, 1 March 2019
A 41-year-old woman was diagnosed with colon cancer six months after giving birth to her third child - after her symptoms were dismissed as childbirth-related.
Clarissa Sobolewski, of Avon, Ohio, started getting consistent rectal bleeding after delivering her daughter, Isabella, last year.
It's something many women experience after childbirth, particularly if they experienced a tear, but Sobolewski told Fox 8 that she felt something wasn't right.
What's more, even though rectal bleeding is a symptom of colon cancer, screening is not recommended until 45.
After initially being told not to worry, Sobolewski pushed for a colonoscopy, and she was indeed diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer.
Clarissa Sobolewski, of Avon, Ohio, started getting consistent rectal bleeding after delivering her daughter, Isabella, last year. She pushed for a colonoscopy that revealed colon cancer
Sobolweski is called on others to know their family history and get checked when something feels off
Now she is urging people to trust their gut and get checked.
'It comes down to that, you know, it's like do you feel like you need to get tested for something or are you gonna ignore your feeling,' she added.
Colon cancer is a cancer of the large intestine (the colon).
Usually, it starts with polyps, which are small clumps of cells.
Gastroenterologists can see them in a colonoscopy because they