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.

JOVANNIE. STAGE 2 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 32. NEW JERSEY.

When Jovannie Lorenzo was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 32 in 2012, it was a devastating shock. She had been experiencing symptoms for months – low energy, pain and swelling on her side, losing weight – but as a single mother of three, she kept telling...

RACHEL. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 39. PHILADELPIA.

In August of 2013, my appendix ruptured.  Unlike the usual story where a person hunches over in pain and runs to the ER, I had no idea this happened to me at the time.  I thought I had food poisoning and then later a flu of some sorts.  After three weeks of...

ROSE. STAGE 3 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 34. PENNSYLVANIA.

Not long after our family celebrated my daughter’s first birthday in April 2010, did my one and only symptom appear. I began to notice, sporadically and infrequently, some blood in my stool. I initially chalked it to an internal hemorrhoid, since I always heard that...

ROBERT. STAGE 3B COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 15. NORTH CAROLINA.

My name is Wendy and my son, Robert, is now 16 years old and faced his second malignancy last year. At three years old, he was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma (brain cancer) on February 24, 2000. He underwent chemo and radiation at Brenner Children's Hospital at Wake...

JIM. STAGE 4 COLON CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 31. WISCONSIN.

On March 18th, 2013, I heard the three words everyone dreads. You have cancer. At the time I was a reasonably healthy, active 31 year old with a wife and two young boys. This diagnosis, which by the end of the week was confirmed to be stage IV colon cancer, came as a...

DAVID. STAGE 2 RECTAL CANCER. DIAGNOSED AT 38. IOWA.

I was at a trade show in Las Vegas in October of 2006, when I noticed some blood in my stool. It was dark red and just kind of streaked on my poop. Not a lot of blood, but it concerned me. I called my brother Greg, because he worked for Olympus selling scopes for...