Contact Us

Cancer Survivor: Get Tested, for Your Family’s Sake

Don’t tell colon cancer survivor Robert Webster that it’s a disease that only strikes people over 50. His daughter was also diagnosed with the disease…and that happened when she was just 20. That’s why Webster is volunteering as a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society about the importance of recognizing symptoms, understanding risks, and getting screened.

“If you’ve had a history of it in your family, particularly at younger ages, both my grandmother and mother had it at age 36, your likelihood to have it at an early age is much stronger.”

While normal screening starts at age 50, Webster says he and his family got tested much younger. And there are symptoms such as blood in the stool, a change in bowel habits, and abdominal pain that merit a check with a doctor. Then, Webster says, there’s prevention.

“And that’s to maintain a healthy weight, to watch what you eat – eat a healthy diet, don’t eat too much red meat for example; avoid smoking, and be reasonable on alcohol consumption.”

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the A-C-S says there’s proof early detection, better treatments and healthier lifestyles are working, because colorectal cancer rates have dropped significantly over the past decade. Even so, the Wyoming Department of Health lists it as the second-leading cancer cause of death.

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for K2 Fan Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive K2 Fan Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.