March 4, 2019 -- Behind a message of “On the Rise,” a national magazine highlighting young adults under the age of 50 being diagnosed at an alarming rate with colorectal cancer. Denver resident, Scott Wilson will be one of nine people featured in this national magazine publication. Scott was diagnosed with Colon Cancer before the age of 50, the recommended screening age for colonoscopies. Following a family history, and change of healthcare laws from his country of origin, Scott continues to fight his diagnosis with chemotherapy treatments. Not one to allow adversity to take over, Scott puts his work, his passion for photography, and, most importantly, his family to take center stage of his life. Scott has become a state and national advocate for colon cancer prevention and awareness, and highlights his personal story for The Colon Club. In addition, Scott Wilson and the other models featured in this year’s publication of “On the Rise” will join forces with Fight CRC in Washington D.C. in March 2019, to lobby for additional cancer research funds and policy change for colon cancer prevention.
Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S. of men and women combined. Scott uses his art-form of photography to capture wildlife and majestic outdoor beauty, as one way of continuing to find purpose and healing. Most importantly, Scott’s fight to live for his family and continue to be a wonderful father and husband, is a true testament to his character and his optimistic personality.
“Being the oldest-youngest survivors to be featured in the 2019 On the Rise Magazine is a true testament that this disease is happening far too frequent in young people’s lives. Continuing to advocate for colorectal cancer screenings and encouraging others to listen to their bodies and take action, is my way of using my diagnosis for the better,” says Scott Wilson.
Wilson’s story is one of nine stories published in the 2019 publication of “On the Rise.” This magazine published by The Colon Club, allows for young people, under the age of 50, to share their colon cancer story. The national non-for-profit organization features survivors and caregivers to share their experiences of being diagnosed with the second most deadly cancer out there.
Trish Lannon, the President of The Colon Club shared: “Scott’s strength and grace is unmatched! Scott uses his diagnosis as inspiration and a way to connect with others so they do not feel they are alone with this disease. Scott’s talents and skills to connect with others through his form of art in photography, tied in with his diagnosis, is a true testament that he allows his unfortunate diagnosis to be turned into positivity. We are thrilled Scott uses his voice to advocate for others, and to inspire others to connect in their diagnosis of this disease and to advocate for early detection and screening.”
To learn more about The Colon Club, please visit their website: www.colonclub.com
About Colorectal Cancer
Colon and rectal cancers (colorectal cancer) make up the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women combined. Each year there’s over 130,000 cases and 50,000 deaths. The disease is preventable with screening, and 90 percent curable in most cases. One in 20 people will be diagnosed with the disease. Although incidence rates over the past decade have decreased among those age-eligible for screenings, early-onset colorectal cancer (occurrences in those under age 50) are on the rise. Discussions with a doctor about screening and knowledge of signs and symptoms are critical steps for prevention.
About The Colon Club
The Colon Club connects young adults diagnosed with colorectal cancer so they never have to feel alone. Our mission is to educate as many people as possible, specifically young adults, educating them about the risk factors, genetic precursors, and symptoms of colorectal cancer, and for people to get screened when it is appropriate for them.