This weekend, we found ourselves collectively shocked and saddened by the death of Chadwick Boseman at age 43 from colon cancer. It’s not just his age, but the fact that he portrayed characters with such life and vitality, even when he himself was sick.
His roles were iconic, especially for the black community. His loss will have a tremendous impact. And I can’t help but think that in his death, there is a lesson as well.
Colon cancer is one of the deadliest cancers and often goes undetected until the later stages.
My grandmother died of colon cancer at the age of 55, when I was 8 months old.
Today would have been her 94th birthday. Due to my family history with the disease, I’m a candidate for early screening and have already had a colonoscopy to check for colon cancer.
There are some risk factors for colon cancer, like family history, that can’t be controlled. But there are others, like weight, diet, and exercise, that can.
As with so many cancers, early detection is key. If you are at risk for colon cancer or if you notice symptoms, see your doctor.
And if you want to help in the fight against not just colon cancer, but all cancers, consider a donation to the American Cancer Society, which is leading the fight not only in research, but also on a local level in providing services and support to cancer patients.