Can’t get enough about cancer? Feel free to read on about the “sponsor” of this blog.
Last Friday night during my latest chemo battle I watched the “Stand Up To Cancer” special on all of the three big TV networks. It was a Jerry Lewis style telethon packed into a one hour time slot. It was an aggressive fund raising campaign that was filled with an A-List actors/actresses/musicians. There was a live proctal exam, a taped delayed mammogram, part of a tape delayed Colonoscopy of the famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) basketball player-Charles Barclay. My favorite line from the whole show was, “I can’t believe Fox decided to try and program against this.” I didn’t get to see it in its entirety but here are a few facts I picked up from the show and other places this week:
- Colon Cancer effects 1 in 6 American Men.
- 1 in 8 American Women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year.
- Genetic Susceptibility accounts for less than 5% of Colon Cancer patients (I just happened to be one of those lucky one’s who fell into that 5%).
- 4000 people die from Cancer each day.
- More Americans die each year from Cancer then World War 1 and World War 2…Combined!
- There are 12 million cancer survivors living in the U.S. right now.
- 90% of the people diagnosed with Colon Cancer are over the age of 50.
If you want to take a look at the website from the show, here is the link: http://su2c.standup2cancer.org/
Colon cancer is Preventable, Treatable and Beatable so go out and get your Colonoscopy now! I know of 10 different people who, since my diagnosis, have gone in and/or are going in to have their colonoscopy done. I am happy to report that none of them have had anything but a couple/few benign polyps removed. You know the old saying, “misery loves company”-not applicable in the cancer world. I would love for no one else to get sick from this disease. It turns my stomach each time I hear about someone’s recent diagnosis or battle. If you haven’t been checked, do it. If you are over the age of 50 it is routine, recommended and you need to get it done. If you are younger than 50 you need to sell your case to your doctor on why you need it done. In some instances the doctors have given in right away and signed off on it, others have been refused. You need to be persistent.
Enough about the sponsor(cancer) of this blog. I have worked over 9 hours each day of the past 3 days and have been feeling good. Hopefully the rest of the week goes as well as the first part has gone. Football season finally made it back so all is well.