According to researches, colon cancer is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer, and the 2nd leading cause of death in men and women combined in the United States. Although, the majority of colon cancer cases are diagnosed in people over 50, doctors are finding the disease in younger patients.
Katie Tennea, a Seattle-area first grade teacher, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 28. Her cancer is not operable, but she is taking part in a clinical trial. More importantly, Katie is tackling her cancer with strength, determination, and most of all, a great attitude shared by her many friends and supporters who have teamed up to help spread the word about colon cancer, while raising money for much needed research. Katie was here to share her touching story and to promote this weekend's "Get Your Rear in Gear" 5k Walk/Run, which takes place Sunday, November 4th at Marymoor Park. For more information about the event, please click here.
Here are some common symptoms of colon cancer:
- Changes in bowel habits
- Blood in stool
- Cramps, gas or other abdominal pain
- Weakness and/or fatigue
- Unexplained weight loss
To learn more about symptoms, causes and treatments for colon cancer, please click here.