I just read that Chadwick Boseman, star of the Marvel movie, Black Panther, died of colon cancer at age 43. He had been fighting this disease for four years, meaning that he was 39 when diagnosed. .
A few have heard this before. I was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 49. I was lucky in that at that time, my doctor said it was time for a colonoscopy. And I was lucky that my boss at that time pushed me to take the test as I was considering delaying the test because of what was going on at work. I went for a colonoscopy and the cancer was found. I was operated on and the tumor removed. I have gone for follow-up exams roughly every three years and several polyps have been found since, one of which would have been cancerous within a year.
Doctors tell you that you should start having colonoscopies starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colon cancer, then you should get a colonoscopy at age 40. The procedure is easy. The hardest part of the procedure is the preparation. If you fall into the above categories, schedule a colonoscopy. Colon cancer is the easiest form of cancer to detect and rectify.
Being diagnosed at age 39 is young. And what happened to Chadwick Boseman is tragic. And I am not sure how he could have been diagnosed earlier. But most of us have the opportunity to get check and either prevent or cure this disease before it is too late. In this regard, arrange for a colonoscopy. Do it for yourself and your family.
Hail, Odin's Eye. First, I hope you continue to do well. Glad you were able to detect it early.
Second, your advice is spot on. My wife's family has an extensive history of colon cancer (and of other forms). She had a cousin who passed away at 23. As a result, both my sons have already been tested. I harp on it often as this is one cancer you can eradicate if caught early. If not, it can be fatal as we're seeing unfortunately in Chadwick Boseman's case.
Thanks for posting this,