February 22, 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. Pittsburgh resident, Denelle Suranski will be one of nine people featured in this national magazine publication. Suranski was diagnosed with colon cancer at the young age of 19, with Stage II Colon Cancer. Denelle has been in remission for 15 years and is thriving, becoming a state and national advocate for colon cancer prevention and awareness, and highlights her personal story for The Colon Club. In addition, Suranski 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. Suranski battled her disease undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for nearly a year, before being declared No Evidence of Disease (NED). Suranski is working to spread colorectal cancer advocacy with the hopes that her story will help save lives.
“I finally feel like I have found my voice after all of these years of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the surgeries, treatments, and the lasting effects of this disease. I found strength, hope, and my reason by meeting others who have shared similar experiences. I am hopeful that my story, and the others featured in the magazine, help spread awareness and saves lives.” said Suranski.
Suranski’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: “Having Denelle share her story and experience with others through “On the Rise” is so important for her own healing. It is evident she wants others to be helped by her story, her experience, and to listen to their bodies and advocate for themselves. We are honored that Denelle is apart of The Colon Club family and the awareness that she is bringing to this disease.”
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.