Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States? One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in their lifetime.
Thanks to an amazing pediatrician and team of doctors at MGH, I was diagnosed with F.A.P. at 19 years old and promptly had my colon removed to prevent cancer, which was inevitabe. For thse who dont know, F.A.P. or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis is a genetic mutation of the APC gene which causes the formation of hundreds to thousands of polyps which ultimately have a 100% chance of developing into colon cancer; 87% of F.A.P. patients see this occur before the age of 45 (5 years before the recommended screening age for colon cancer). Other risks include associated cancers ranging from stomach and/or small intestine, to adrenal, pancreatic, thyroid cancer, and more. If my pediatrician hadnt felt the barely detectable tumor on my thyroid during a routine physical when I was a pre-teen, and my thyroid cancer hadn't been linked to F.A.P., who knows what I would be facing now.
I am raising money not only for colon cancer, but also for the 1% of cases that are caused by this disease.
While F.A.P. is most often detected and managed, according to Cancer.net, 99% of colon cancer cases are sporadic, occuring by chance. Luckily this is a cancer we can beat. With a healthy lifestyle and regular screenings, colon cancer can be prevented and treated.
This cause is close to my heart, so I've teamed up with the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) in support of National Dress in Blue Day. During National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month this March, I'll be raising funds, promoting awareness and honoring those affected by colon cancer.
Please make a contribution today. Your support of National Dress in Blue Day will benefit the CCA's mission and their screening, patient support and research programs and help bring us one step closer a to future free of colon cancer.