We are deeply saddened on the passing of Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and we morn with the rest of the world. Actor, Chadwick Boseman was featured first in America icons Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42 and James brown in 2014’s Get on up. His role in black panther, was one of his largest film roles as he plays the larger than life, black superhero for the character T’Challa. Chadwicks dies at the age of 43. He is survived by his wife, who paid tribute to him ‘his legacy will live forever’. He has battled with colon cancer for over four years.
African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival out of all races when it comes to the deadly diseases, cancer. And colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States. Colorectal cancer is a common and lethal disease. The risk of developing colorectal cancer is influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Colon cancer is a form of colorectal cancer. According to the WHO, colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in males and the second in females. However, the rate is higher in males. It is also the second leading cause of death in men. The rate of colon cancer is 20% higher in African Americans than whites.
According to Dr. Mamaram “Colon cancer is one that we actually have screening for and the guidelines for the screening has changed over the years. African Americans are now recommended to start screening at an age as young as 45 years. It is recommended for anyone that has close family history of colon cancer, to be screened at least 10 years before the diagnoses of their family member. Most people that are diagnosed with early colon cancer have a family history of colon cancer that is linked to genetic mutations. The most likely genetic condition that’s linked to colon cancer is called lynch syndrome. This syndrome is also related to many other cancers, such as: stomach cancer, ovarian cancer, or endometrial cancer.”
It is important and quite essential to stay active and exercise often. Also, eating foods that are high in fiber such as wheat grains, whole wheat, fonio, wheat couscous, lentils beans are very important to have in your daily food intake. Eating fish can also be beneficial because it contains, omega 3 fatty acids which is good for your overall health. You can explore fruits that are high in calcium, vitamin D and B6. The fruits that we recommend especially from Africa, would be, Baobab Fruit Powder, Tamarind, Moringa Powder or just about any fruit that is high in fiber. Including all these measures, getting early screening per the U.S.P.S.T.F or the American cancer society who recommends screening at 45 for all. Early detection is key and can help save you from being part of the statistics.
Our Prayers and Thoughts Are with The Boseman Family and All Those Battling with Cancer.