Survivor Discusses Colon Cancer Stigmas

Common stigmas about colon cancer from a survivor’s view.

aliveandkicknThere are a lot of stigmas associated with colon cancer that Dave Dubin would love to see just go away.  First and foremost, is the stigma that colon cancer is an old man’s disease. It happens to people under age 50 and is getting younger and younger in both women and men.

Dave wants you to know that colon cancer is random. Obviously, there is the genetic component, but otherwise colon cancer can affect anybody and instances of it are occurring in people who are younger and younger, so colorectal cancer being an old man’s disease really should not be the stigma anymore. Dave discusses more stigmas he’d like to see disappear in the video below.

David Dubin:  I am David Dubin, two time colon cancer survivor, founder of AliveandKickn and advocate, and here are some stigmas that I wish would just go away.

There are a lot of stigmas associated with colon cancer that I would love to see removed.  First and foremost, is that colon cancer is not just an old man’s disease.  It happens to people under age 50 obviously and is getting younger and younger in women as well as men.  Colon cancer is random.  Obviously, you got the genetic component, but otherwise colon cancer affects anybody and it is getting younger and younger, so the old man’s disease as far as I am concerned really should not be the stigma anymore.

The second component is the colonoscopy.  I hear colonoscopy being used as a punch line and I am okay with this as long as it becomes a conversation that turns into something positive afterwards.  Gone are the day,s or at least they should be gone, of the drinking of gallons of chalk as the prep the night before. It is much easier and colonoscopy as a procedure, you know, we are talking about an outpatient, we are talking not always having to take place at a hospital, it’s a very easy procedure. Listen, no procedures are perfect but in the right hands, it should be a very easy simple procedure, minor anesthesia and as I like to say, you get a nap afterwards. But also the stigma that cancer, especially colon cancer is a death sentence, death meaning, you know, quality of life not just the loss of life.  You know there was a time when colon cancer people thought you would have to get a bag, you know colostomy bag and that’s not the case.  You don’t lose your quality of life.  I can go out out on a limb and say colon cancer survivors are not alone, by any means.  There is a very nice community out there and there is a whole lot of people living lives to the fullest everyday.  You can still have the full quality of life that you had previously, so it’s a bit of an adjustment.

 


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