Chris4Life Raises Colon Cancer Awareness

Founder Michael Sapienza explains how the Chris4Life foundation raises awareness for colon cancer.

colon cancer awarenessThe Chris4Life Cancer Foundation works tirelessly to raise colon cancer awareness and prevention. Colon cancer is around 90% preventable in most cases, yet is still the second leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States.

Chris4Life also uses unique campaigns to raise colon cancer awareness. In addition to raising colon cancer awareness, Chris4Life helps patients find resources around their community. The foundation offers patients help in navigating what can be a very confusing and frightening healthcare system.


Michael Sapienza:  My name is Michael Sapienza and I am the executive director and founder of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. I don’t know how much you know about colon cancer, but it is 90% preventable. Unfortunately, it is still the second leading cause of cancer related death, both among men and women in the United States.

In my opinion, this is a huge travesty. We have to get the American public and the world to be honest talking about the butt, talking about this part of their body. You know if you look at statistics, about 80 to 85% of women are getting their mammograms. Only about 60% of women are getting their colonoscopies. That’s 20 to 25% behind where we are for a similar type of disease. We have to do a better job.

One of the things that Chris4Life and others have done is create awareness campaigns. I think we need to do more. This year, we did a love your butt campaign, so no matter what you call it, have it checked. You know It’s a wonderful site. It’s is a great campaign, it gets people talking about the part of our bodies that we are not exactly comfortable talking about. I think we have gotten to the point now and you know American culture where we do talk about breasts. We talk about save the ta-tas. We talk about these things and everybody knows. I go to every single event that I go to, I ask when are you supposed to go and get your mammogram and everybody raises their hand and they say I know 40 and then I ask the next question, when do you get your colonoscopy or your screening for colon cancer and its probably about a 3rd of the amount of people know that and we all need to know this, so I encourage everybody to get involved no matter how old, young wherever your are from, your socioeconomic status, you can tell your grandparents, you can tell your parents that you need to be screened for this disease. It saves lives.

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Michael Sapienza
After losing his mother to colon cancer in May of 2009, Mr. Sapienza decided to dedicate himself to this cause by founding the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. Under his leadership, Chris4life has become one of the nation’s leading colorectal cancer foundations, raising nearly $1 million in under two years.
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