An incredible woman & dear friend, Michelle Pappas, died this past week after an 18 month battle with colon cancer. She was her loving, caring, witty & considerate self right up to the end. The Colon Cancer Coalition 5K Walk/Run at Carson Beach in Boston is being held on what would have been Michelle's 53 birthday (of course it is, Mich!). Please consider joining us in the event or donating to this very worthy cause.
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.
(Bonus Fact) Screening is easy, there are many affordable options that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Talk to your doctor about the right one for you.