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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.
Last September, I went to have my first colonoscopy at the age of 45 (5 years under the recommended age). I had no pain, no weight loss, no symptoms and no warning signs other than a family history of polyps and various other cancers, so I thought, “no problem”. My life changed that day. A few days later through a gamut of testing, I was officially diagnosed with colon cancer. In mid-September, I had my large intestine removed along with several lymph nodes. My tumor tested positive for cancer as well as two lymph nodes which put me in the category of Stage IIIB cancer. This diagnosis led to the next fun step, 12 rounds of chemotherapy. Chemo and the associated side effects were not pleasant and the neuropathy (numbness) in my hands and feet might be with me forever, I feel very fortunate to have survived because several family members on Monica’s side have not. My wife has lost several family members to colon cancer while others have survived – it all comes down to early detection as the key to survival.
So what my family has learned through this is that we inherit more than our parents looks. We need to have open and detailed dialogue with our family members. Tell them what you are going through so that they can flag any warning signs and/or talk to their doctor to get ahead of issues. Because of our 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 greatly appreciate 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.
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