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My goal – Stop colon cancer in its tracks.
I’ve signed up for Get Your Rear in Gear / Tour de Tush – two fun events, with funny names – to raise awareness and increase screening for a not-so-funny disease: colon cancer.
Please support me today.
This is a cause that is very important to me because last September, my husband, Matt Schimmel was diagnosed with Stage IIIB colon cancer. For those of you who know Matt, he’s a healthy individual and had zero symptoms prior to his diagnosis. He had his first colonoscopy at 45 because polyps ran in his family. Thankfully, he had an early colonoscopy because they discovered numerous polyps and a tumor. Matt had his entire colon removed in September 2016, and he then endured 12 rounds of chemotherapy that ended in May of 2017. As of now, there are no signs of colon cancer in him, but the doctors at Mayo Clinic continue to be vigilant and monitor him on a routine basis. In the matter of one colonoscopy, our lives were forever changed, and I am grateful for every day that I have with Matt at my side alive and kicking. Without early detection, our story, like many others, could have ended a lot differently. Because of this experience, we are supporting the Colon Cancer Coalition in this year’s walk and run, and if you’re willing and able to help contribute, we’d be grateful for your support.
I have an ambitious fundraising goal but with support my community I know I can make it. The money I raised 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.
(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. Thank you for your support & visiting my page.
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