COLORECTAL CANCER

The 500UNDER50BEFORE50 project, in which I will photograph the faces of 500 colorectal cancer survivors who have been diagnosed under the age of 50 before I turn age 50 (on March 6, 2017), demonstrates not only that colon cancer can strike at any age but the diversity and strength of our community. There are many cancer organizations working to change insurance laws and medical practices to make colorectal screening available to everyone who needs it, regardless of age and insurance coverage, and 500UNDER50BEFORE50 is a part of that community vision and goal.

SARA. STAGE 3 RECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 25. NEW YORK.

I got rectal cancer! It reached stage 3 yes! Stage 3!!!! I went through a very rough battle and this cancer has affected me! All of this could have been prevented if I knew the signs and symptoms & was listened to by my doctor & screened way sooner! We need more...

TANYA. STAGE 4 COLORECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 27. PENNSYLVANIA.

Hi my name is Tanya and I just turned the BIG 3-0!! Scary, right?!  Well, not as scary as the cancer… and the story that follows. In April 2011, I was having severe pain and visited my local urgent care, they said that I had a UTI and gave me medication. I followed up...

FERNANDO. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 35. MASSACHUSETTS.

There is no day that goes by without me feeling extremely thankful for all the good fortune I had in life. And despite the scary moments I have managed to continue to rise and learn to enjoy another sunset.  No doubt it has taken hard work but that comes easy because...

CHRISTY. STAGE 3 CORECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 38. MAINE.

On January 18th, 2008 I went to the emergency room experiencing severe pain in my right side and the overwhelming urge to move my bowels, but I could not. I had recently seen a gynecologist (who was my only doctor at the time) and with whom I had only recently...

AMY. STAGE 1 COLON CANCER/FAP. DIAGNOSED AT 23. MARYLAND.

“I doubt it is polyps, because of your age.”  This is what the general surgeon told me when I went in for a consultation for rectal bleeding at 22.  I’d had symptoms for some time; at 16, the doctor suggested it was Irritable Bowel Syndrome and prescribed me some...

ANNA. STAGE 4 COLORECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 38. CONNECTICUT.

I am mom of two children here... 11 yr old daughter, 9 yr old son... My first daughter would be 12 now but she passed away as an infant at 2 days old from a GBM… Glioblastoma multiforme… Massive brain tumor in her front lobe... My little Angel Sage Cathryn. Well the...