Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and one of the most common cancers. Brent was a statistic – 1 in 10 of those diagnosed with colon cancer is someone under the age of 50. The good news is colon cancer is treatable, but the first challenge is detecting the cancer. As the first step in detection, we encourage establishing a relationship with your doctor by having an annual physical that includes blood work. There are a lot of “what ifs” and that is why we encourage you to get educated. Learn what you can do to detect cancer, what happens following a diagnosis, and even all about genetics through our friends at Colon Cancer Coalition or Fight Colorectal Cancer.
You can help us educate firefighters and their families about cancer by clicking on our Give page and making a donation. The money stays local – helping those that answer when you call 911.
The Foundation will provide resources to bridge gaps in education related to public service, cancer, and nutrition.
Additional resource links:
If you are a firefighter who has a cancer diagnosis, we recommend you contact Firefighter Cancer Support Network as soon as possible. They provide a toolbox of vital resources to guide you on the journey. In addition, they have badge-to-badge peer support mentors for straight talk in terms you understand.
American Cancer Society
Donate Life Texas – register to support organ donation.
Firestrong – Firefighter and Family support resources, information.
SafeCallNow – 24 hour crisis referral for public safety employees.