Young Woman Refused Colonoscopy For Several Months. Discovers She Has Colon Cancer and Lynch Syndrome

The following story is not only very sad but also, in my opinion, incredibly infuriating. A young, African-American woman named Ashley Teague started losing weight back in 2019. Teague was 28-years-old at the time. After finally having the colonoscopy, Teague discovered that she had a tumor in her colon the size of a baseball.

Recent Devastating Diagnosis Of Colorectal Cancer Reinforces Why We Must Be Proactive

It seems like every month I discover yet another heartbreaking story about colorectal cancer. Recently in northern England, a 35-year-old father named Dean Whelan was diagnosed with colorectal cancer on his daughter’s first birthday. He did not experience any symptoms until about two months prior to receiving the diagnosis.

Why Your Colon May Not Agree With Your Summer Grilling Plans

I’m proactive as I can be about doing everything in my power to prevent diseases such as cancer. One cancer in particular that I am especially mindful is colorectal cancer, and here are a few reasons why:

Colorectal Cancer Can Be Devastating! Be Proactive.

I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Lawrence Meadows, brother of popular broadcast journalist Craig Melvin. At just 39-years-old, Meadows was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer back in 2016. He lost the battle against this devastating cancer in December of 2020 at the age of 43. It is quite haunting that actor Chadwick Boseman passed before Meadows at the same age due to having colon cancer as well. And when I think about these young men, I also think about my own brother who died of this cancer at the age of 65. 

5 Tips For a Healthy Colon

I think I speak for many people when I say that I am still devastated by the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer almost one year ago at the age of 43. His death was a shock, because he was young, appeared to be in good physical shape and even played a superhero when he starred in the film Black Panther. Colon cancer (also sometimes called colorectal cancer), however, is being found in younger people (under the age of 50).

It’s My Body That Had Cancer, Not Me!

My first reaction to my stage 3 cancer diagnosis was not “Why me?” It was: “OK, so, what is the solution here and what is the next step?” I think my being so matter of fact and solution-focused about the diagnosis may have startled my doctors somewhat. In fact, one of them later told me that 90 percent of cancer patients react to this type of news with a combination of incredulity and fear. “Why is this happening to me?” is usually the response of many patients. I simply refused to be fearful of this disease. I made the decision there and then that I would do all I could to help my mind, body and spirit work together as a team in order for my body to beat the cancer.

In Shocking News, Actor Chadwick Boseman Dies From Colon Cancer. We Must Be Proactive.

How could this have happened to someone so young, so accomplished and someone who appeared to be in great physical shape? Recent research has shown that rates of colorectal cancer (which is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum) have been on the rise and continue to rise in younger populations.

American Cancer Society’s Updated Guidelines In Cancer Prevention

The American Cancer Society recently updated their guidelines regarding diet and physical activity in regards to preventing cancer (the last update was conducted in 2012). Changes to the guidelines include recommendations to get more physical activity, eating less or no processed meat or red meat and avoiding alcohol or drinking less of it.

When Should You Have Your Second Colonoscopy? Well It Depends

It is usually recommended that persons like myself who have an average risk of colorectal cancer, should start getting colonoscopies at age 50. And then if all looks good, get one every 10 years.

The Power of Prunes

Here are some fun facts which I recently became aware of. As many as "63 million people in North America meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic constipation." And there are many studies which demonstrate that "the prevalence of constipation increases with age and is more common in women than men."

It’s Not the Sexiest Topic, But Let’s Discuss Colonoscopies

I had my first colonoscopy when I turned 50 in 2010. So recently I decided I was due for a follow up since I am about to turn 60!

Red Meat Consumption Linked to Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer. How Much is Too Much?

George Bernard Shaw, a famous Irish playwright, author and political activist born in 1856 once said, "The average age of a meat-eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still at work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak; would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism."

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