Welcome to Melanie Hood's Page
My goal – Stop colon cancer in its tracks
At the time of last year's race, I was recovering from six months of chemotherapy and my third surgery in seven months for stage 3 colon cancer. I attended the event as a spectator while my family and friends ran and walked. This year, I am RUNNING the race in memory of my young chemo friend Jamie Eudy who was taken from us by this horrible disease on February 11th.
I was 48 when I was diagnosed with colon cancer in June of 2017. I had no family history of colon cancer and no other risk factors for colon cancer. I was fortunate to have access to outstanding medical care at Levine Cancer Institute, excellent health insurance through my employer, and the love and generous support of family and friends.
Please support me.
The money I raise will be pooled with other people’s efforts and help fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those living with the disease.
10 Facts about Colon Cancer
- Anyone can get colon cancer.
- One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
- Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 50.
- Screening should begin earlier for many ethnic groups and those with a family history.
- Many of those diagnosed with colon cancer report no signs or symptoms before the diagnosis.
- Those with a parent, sibling, or other relative with colon cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- Incidence of colon cancer is increasing among adults under age 50.
- Younger adults were more likely than older adults to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers.
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