Chadwick Boseman had been battling colon cancer for four years and passed away yesterday at the age of 43. He clearly kept it private--which he had every right to do, it just makes this feel so sudden and shocking for many of us. My family has been impacted by colon cancer as well, with it taking the life of my Aunt Jenifer when she was 43 as well--much younger than people normally associate with colon cancer.
There are sometimes mutations that can make one more at risk for colon cancer so all I can say is if you have that mutation, make sure to get a colonoscopy and if you don't have the mutation, still get a colonoscopy as soon as you are old enough for your doctor to recommend one. Chadwick Boseman was a stellar actor known for everything from playing Black Panther, to James Brown, and basically being great in any role. He will be missed.
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