“I read the word ‘malignant’ and was in total shock. They had done a biopsy on the tumor to be safe and found that it was cancerous. I can’t even begin to describe the shock I was in. The diagnosis hit me like a ton of bricks.”
While 90% of colorectal cancer diagnoses occur in those ages 50 and older, incidence rates are increasing for young people under 50. The reason behind this growth is unclear. Unfortunately, because these cancers are usually discovered at a later stage, colon cancer deaths among young men and women are rising as well.
“This is a great way to connect with people, especially right now, when I feel like connecting with people is difficult. We’re not meeting too many strangers right now during COVID-19. It allows individuals to really express themselves.”