Will Smith, best known for his role in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and numerous blockbuster movies, made headline news for his role in raising awareness of colon cancer.
African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of most cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in African-Americans and the most common ethnic group to develop colorectal cancer. Incident rates are 19% higher for African-American women and 24% higher for African-American men compared to Caucasians.
Because of these daunting statistics, Smith used his platform to raise awareness to his social media followers. Smith vlogged his visit to the doctor where he received a colonoscopy. During the procedure, a precancerous polyp was found and removed. Smith and his doctor discussed the ramifications of colon cancer and what would have happened if he had not received a colonoscopy.
Watch Smith’s experience in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWwKQjUyoUc.
We applaud Smith for using his platform to discuss the risks of colon cancer and to raise awareness of this deadly disease. Share this article with a loved one and make sure your family members are getting tested at their recommended age.