Passing Of Movie Star Chadwick Boseman Sparks The Importance Of Getting Checked For Colon Cancer
more than 50,000 are expected to die from the disease in 2020.
DULUTH, Minn. – Studies from the National Cancer Institute show colon cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the U.S. and is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer besides lung cancer.
Health professionals are stressing the importance of getting screened to uncover the illness in its early stages.
Its been nearly a week since the passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, who starred in the Marvel movie Black Panther and was diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
Doctors say the disease can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, or race, but colon cancer is much more likely to impact people of color.
Through the years another trend has created some other concerns.
“The incidents of colon cancer has more than doubled in young people aging between 15 to 39. That is really worrisome. I don’t think we know why that’s happening but there are lots of theories,” said Gastroenterologist Yoni Hillman.
Health studies show nearly 150,00 people were diagnosed with colon cancer last year and more than 50,000 are expected to die in 2020.