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7 Early Warning Signs of Colon Cancer You Can't Afford to Ignore

Best Life Logo By Lauren Gray of Best Life | Slide 1 of 8: In tragic news, it was announced this morning that Chadwick Boseman, who rose to fame as the star of Black Panther, died on Friday evening after a four-year battle with colon cancer. As fans grieve the loss of this iconic actor, also known for playing pivotal black figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown, what particularly stings is the unfairness of his young age: Boseman was just 43.A statement released via the actor's Instagram account shared that Boseman learned in 2016 that he had Stage III colon cancer—a diagnosis with a daunting 40 percent survival rate. Despite "countless surgeries and chemotherapy," the statement explains that his cancer progressed to Stage IV over the following four years.Boseman's sad and untimely death is a wakeup call to many for whom colorectal cancer is at best an afterthought, and at worst a taboo. That's why we're sharing the seven signs of colon cancer you should never ignore: knowing the symptoms and seeing a doctor for routine screening are your two best tools for avoiding a late-stage cancer diagnosis. And for more health red flags, check out these 30 Signs of Deadly Health Conditions Hiding in Plain Sight.

7 Early Warning Signs of Colon Cancer You Can't Afford to Ignore

In tragic news, it was announced this morning that Chadwick Boseman, who rose to fame as the star of Black Panther, died on Friday evening after a four-year battle with colon cancer. As fans grieve the loss of this iconic actor, also known for playing pivotal black figures like Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown, what particularly stings is the unfairness of his young age: Boseman was just 43.

A statement released via the actor's Instagram account shared that Boseman learned in 2016 that he had Stage III colon cancer—a diagnosis with a daunting 40 percent survival rate. Despite "countless surgeries and chemotherapy," the statement explains that his cancer progressed to Stage IV over the following four years.

Boseman's sad and untimely death is a wakeup call to many for whom colorectal cancer is at best an afterthought, and at worst a taboo. That's why we're sharing the seven signs of colon cancer you should never ignore: knowing the symptoms and seeing a doctor for routine screening are your two best tools for avoiding a late-stage cancer diagnosis. And for more health red flags, check out these 30 Signs of Deadly Health Conditions Hiding in Plain Sight.

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