COLORADO SENATE TO REVIEW COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING BILL... Very proud of my daughter, Alba, who will testify at the Colorado Senate in favor of lowering the screening age for Colorectal Cancer. Here is a synopsis of her testimony... I’m here in support of HB1103 for my Dad, who was diagnosed at 48 with Stage 4 colorectal cancer, while I was just ten years old. I never met Dad’s mom, my gran, because she passed from the disease at 59.
My Dad’s battle with colorectal cancer has dominated the last four years of our family’s life and I’m now classed as ‘high-risk’ which has really opened my eyes to how many young people are affected, like 11-year old Mia Batista, who last year lost her young life to the disease.
I will be screened well ahead of time, whether it’s covered by insurers or not, because my Mom and Dad have made it their mission that my brother, Andrew and I will not go through the agony of a young onset cancer diagnosis and the life-long impact that will have on our family – physical, mental and financial.
The problem with colorectal cancer, though, is that it’s no respecter of risk. The majority of young onset diagnoses have no family history, no warning, so the only way to get ahead of the disease is preventive screening which works, when it’s available. When it isn’t, however, it’s quite literally fatal.
Colorectal Cancer is now the fastest growing cancer among women under 50, not just in Colorado, but across the USA, where it’s fair to say colorectal cancer blue is now the new pink.
Despite being 14, I’m not naive enough to argue that we should start screening every average-risk adolescent in Colorado.
But, I do get basic math. When you have a 40% drop in disease among the screened population, compared with a 51% increase among the unscreened under 50s and you are charged by the State with saving lives and health care costs, you simply have to move the line #fightcrc #fightcolorectalcancer #colonclub #thecolonclub #coloradocancercoalition #colorectalcancer #cancersurvivor #fuckcancer #cancersucks #su2c #dressinblueday #coloradosenate #HB1103 #Denver7 #coloradocancercenter #calloncongress2020 #conc2020 @govofco @ltgovofco #relentlesschampions