Actor Terrence Howard has recently joined the Colon Cancer Alliance -- for all the right reasons. This was no publicity move; far from it. Cancer came close in his family, and he is using this as an opportunity to tell others to get tested.
Terrence himself was first tested at age 40, even though the recommended age for screening is 50. Why so young? His beloved mother was first diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 50 and lost her battle at the young age of 56. Terrence explains that his mother was most likely in a higher risk category and should have been screened earlier. Now he is using his personal tragedy to help others.
March is colon cancer awareness month
Colon Cancer Alliance is a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization that was formed in 1999 and is dedicated to increasing colon cancer education and awareness and supporting colon cancer patients and their families. Terrence joined the group in 2013 in honor of his mother and to help others.
Colon cancer higher among African Americans
Terrence points out that the cases of colon cancer are higher among African-Americans, so he is starting with his own family and urging them to get tested. Regarding his own colonoscopy, he says, "it was really no big deal." It's nothing to be afraid of but definitely something that needs to be done, especially if there is a family history of cancer. Early detection and treatment is key to a more positive outcome.
Take Terrence's advice
"No more excuses, get screened. It can be a matter of life or death.”
For more details about the Colon Cancer Alliance, visit www.ccalliance.org