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Listen to your body: A young-onset colorectal cancer patient’s journey

Patrick Beauregard is a 31-year-old Marine corporal who, at age 29, was diagnosed with metastatic colon cancer that had spread to his lungs. With support from his family and his wife, Amanda, he is sharing his story to advocate for more awareness of colorectal cancer among young adults. Patrick and his oncologist, Dr. Kimmie Ng […]

Focus on prevention

Both of my older brothers had colon cancer; the oldest died at 36 and the other lost his colon at 48. This was when my family learned that we hold the mutation for Lynch syndrome. Lynch syndrome is an inherited disorder that increases your risk for a dozen different early onset cancers, particularly cancers of […]

Colon cancer survivor: Early detection saved my life

As a health educator working for a cancer program, I knew all too well the guidelines for when one should get screened for various cancers. So, it was a “no-brainer” when I went to see my physician and let him know that I was having vague gastrointestinal issues and reminded him that my mother had […]

Musician's struggle with colon cancer inspires a song of thanks.

I was 53 and decided I should get a colonoscopy. I don’t know why, I just felt like I should, being past the age of 50. Due to a series of setbacks, I was 54 by the time I was able to schedule my colonoscopy. I had scheduled a physical for that day too. After […]

Colon cancer patient: Screening, early detection saved my life

In October of 2012, I became one of the estimated 1.6 million people that heard the words “you have cancer.” I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer through a regular cancer screening. While nobody ever wants to hear those words, I consider myself fortunate. My family, friends and co-workers have been supportive and loving throughout this […]

Cancer Survivor Story: Take Screening Seriously

I was familiar with cancer as a survivor, having had a melanoma at age 27. I was familiar with cancer as a caregiver. My husband lost his battle to pancreatic cancer and my son, diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), underwent a successful stem cell transplant in 2004.  In all three cases, a symptom prompted […]

Colorectal Screening Story: Patrick and Michael Skehan

The funeral was packed with over 300 people, each one wanting to pay their respects to Patrick Skehan – one of the most light-hearted and caring 60-year olds they’d ever met. As they picked up funeral programs and prayer cards, many also took colorectal cancer awareness “buddy” bracelets and cancer prevention pamphlets provided by the […]