In 2017, an estimated 135,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with colorectal disease. More than 50,000 will die.
KSN has teamed up the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Get Your Rear in Gear – Wichita 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run to raise funds and awareness about the disease. The run is Sunday, May 27.
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KSN talked with a survivor who has an important message about getting screened for colon cancer.
Kasa Straub developed what she though was indigestion problems six years ago.
“And, when they told me you need to have to go have this, your colonoscopy and EGD done. I said I’m 36 surely we can figure something else out.”
She wanted to delay the test, but it is good she didn’t.
“So, in September of 2012, I had a colonoscopy and EGD, and they found a tumor, a small tumor in the right side of the colon.”
When they removed the tumor, doctors discovered Kasa had a genetic condition called Lynch Syndrome. She says if you have it, you have an 80 percent chance of getting colorectal cancer. It was a lifesaver for her loved ones.
“So, my dad tested positive, all three of my sisters are positive, my uncle is positive, two of my cousins are positive. So, now they just all have their colonoscopies every year.”
Kasa also has a colonoscopy yearly, and she is a big supporter of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Get Your Rear in Gear – Wichita 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Run. She believes not only will it raise money for research, but it will continue to encourage people to get screened.
“Know the signs and symptoms, know your body, know your own body, how you feel, pay attention to those things.”
RELATED LINK | Signs and Symptoms of Colon Cancer – American Cancer Society