Kathie Lee & Hoda: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March is colorectal cancer awareness month and to highlight this cancer that can be cured if caught early enough, Kathie Lee and Hoda brought on two women who have been fighting colon cancer for a few years now.
Teri Griege, 48, told Kathie Lee and Hoda she was diagnosed with stage four cancer a few years ago. Before that she was accomplishing goals women half her age wouldn’t be able to do. She was running marathons, exercising daily and she even finished an Iron Man competition. She said even with her cancer, she is still running half marathons and she is even training for another Iron Man competition this fall.
The other woman Kathie Lee and Hoda talked with was Gloria Borges who found out she had stage three colon cancer when she was just 28-years-old. When she stopped by the fourth hour of the Today Show, she told Kathie and Hoda she just finished getting her 46th round of chemotherapy.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Get a Colonoscopy Before 50
Dr. Mark Pochapin, Director of Gastroenterology at New York University, told the hosts normal guidelines say to get a colonoscopy when you turn 50 to check for cancerous polyps. But he said catching the cancer early gives the person the best chance of the cancer being cured. He said there is no reason to wait for symptoms. He suggested being proactive and getting a colonoscopy done as soon as possible.
Griege shared her story of how she saved one of her sisters from developing cancer by getting her checked early. She told Kathie Lee and Hoda she told her sisters to get a colonoscopy just days after she was diagnosed. Both of her sisters went and one had precancerous polyps while the other had stage three colon cancer.
Dr. Pochapin said when someone in your family has colon cancer, there is a 20 to 30 percent greater risk you will get colon cancer. He said if you know someone in your family who has colon cancer, it is best to get a colonoscopy before turning 50.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Colon Cancer Symptoms
Borges said she had a lot of symptoms of colon cancer when she was diagnosed but she never thought it could be cancer at such a young age. She said she was using the restroom a lot and she was bloated all the time, but none of it slowed her down. It wasn’t until she thought she had food poisoning that she went to see the doctor.
Dr. Pochapin pointed out that the symptoms are not always the same for everyone but a frequent symptom is feeling tired all the time not matter what you do.
Kathie Lee said they had these two courageous women on the show today because they wanted this “silent disease” to be talked about more.