“We lost a real hero. And there are a lot more cases out there.”

Just like the rest of the world, I was completely shocked to learn that Chadwick Boseman had passed away from colon cancer.

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It was a devastating loss for the Black community, especially- the characters he played on screen celebrated Black excellence and served as a role model to so many.

Unfortunately, rates of colorectal cancer among young people have been continuing to rise over the past fewer years.
It’s why the American Cancer Society has now lowered the suggested colonoscopy age from 50 years of age to 45 years.

Boseman’s death has put colorectal cancer in the spotlight – and it has brought awareness to the rising number of cases in younger people and in African Americans in particular.

I spoke with NBC News about how Chadwick Boseman has sparked a larger conversation about colorectal health nationwide and how this disease disproportionately affects the Black community.

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Colon cancer took Chadwick Boseman’s life. It’s a threat to Black America at large.