City officials are urging New Yorkers to get screened for colon cancer citing the death of 43-year-old “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman from the deadly disease.
“The tragic and untimely death of Chadwick Boseman was a major blow to so many young men and women of color who finally saw themselves represented positively onscreen,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in a city Health Department press release Friday.
“We‘ve lost too many young warriors like this great talent to a disease that is curable, treatable, and preventable.
“While there was only one Black Panther, we all have an opportunity to be superheroes by encouraging friends and loved ones to get screened for colon cancer and eat a diet rich in foods that prioritize prevention,” Adams said.
Chadwick passed away last month after a secret, four year battle against the disease.
Doctors suggest people cut down on processed meats like bacon, sausage and hot dogs, quit smoking and limit alcohol to reduce the risk of colon cancer.
“With cases among those under age 50 on the rise, it is more crucial than ever that we spread this message far and wide,” Adams said.
The Health Department has revised its guidelines and is now recommending health care providers start offering colonoscopies and stool-based tests at age 45, down from age 50. Those with a family history of colon cancer and related health issues should get screened even earlier, health officials said.
Early detection reduces the chances that precancerous polyps develop into the deadly disease and finding early cancers can decrease premature death.
Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and has been increasing for middle aged New Yorkers although it is still most common after age 70.
“Black New Yorkers are at increased risk of premature death from colon cancer,” the Health Department warns in the release.
“Screening at younger ages is particularly relevant for Black New Yorkers, whose risk for colon cancer around age 50 is higher than for any other racial or ethnic group,” the release says
New York Post
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