Our legend has left us following a four year battle with colon cancer.
His family put out a statement on 28th August following his passing. It read: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.”
“Remember, the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose” – Chadwick Boseman— Amarachi Nwosu (@AmaraWorldWide) August 29, 2020
“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ”
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much.”
“From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
What is Colon Cancer
According to MayoClinic’s definition: Colon cancer is a type of tumorous growth that begins in the large intestine (colon).
The colon is the final part of the digestive tract. Colon cancer typically affects older adults, though it can happen at any age.
What are the symptoms of colon cancer
According to NHS website, there are 3 main symptoms of bowel cancer: persistent blood in poo, persistent change in bowel habit and persistent lower abdominal (tummy) aches.
Colon cancer often causes no symptoms in the earliest stages. However, symptoms may become more noticeable as it progresses.
Additional symptons cited by Medical News Today include: change in stool consistency, stomach cramps, bloating, weakness, unexplained weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome, continuous urge to pass pool.
It is important to bear in mind that all of these symptoms can occur in a perfectly fit and healthy person.
What causes colon cancer
No one knows for sure the definite cause of cancer, but the following might be some risk factor according to medical experts: age, diet, weight, family history/hereditary condition, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol use, cigarette smoking, race and ethnicity.
How does colon cancer move from stage to stage
There are 5 main stages of colon cancer.
Stage 0: When there are abnormal cells ro growths such as polyps in the colon. Cells often found in this stage maybe cancerous or precancerous.
Stage 1: This is when the cancer has grown into the intestinal wall through its inner lining and may have entered the musce. At this stage there should be no evidence the cancer has spread to lymph nodes or distant organs.
Stage 2: This stage has 3 separate categories. Stage 2A is where the cancer has grown into outermost layer of the colon but not yet through it nor has it reached any nearby organs or lymph nodes, and has not spread to distant organs.
2B means the cancer has grown through all layers of the colon but has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs
2C means the cancer has grown through all layers of the intestine and to nearby organs and tissues but has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs.
Stage 3: also has 3 separate categories. Stage 3A is where the cancer having passed the other stages and entered the muscle, it has always spread to up to three lymph nodes near the site of the tumour.
3B means that the cancer may have spread to nearby organ, tissues and up to three lymph nodes near the site of the tumour.
3C means the cancer has grown into or through the outermost layer of the colon or rectum and may have spread to four or more lymph nodes near the primary site. The cancer has also spread to nearby organs.
Stage 4: is the most advanced stage where it means the cancer has spread (metastasized) to other far organs such as liver and lungs. If the cancer spreads to one organ then its considered to be stage 4A, if more than one organ, it considered to be stage 4B.
Where can I get Treatment for Colon Cancer in UK
You can normally get treatment from the NHS by going through your GP who can then refer you to the relevant hospital department. Private treatments are also plausible.
To learn more visit NHS website.
NHS: Bowel cancer
Colorectal cancer stages
Medical News Today: Everything you need to know about colon cancer
National Cancer Institute: Colon Cancer Treatment